May 28th, 2010
03:07 PM ET
8 years ago

Paul: No citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants

Rand Paul said he opposes citizenship for U.S. born children of undocumented immigrants.

Rand Paul said he opposes citizenship for U.S. born children of undocumented immigrants.

Washington (CNN) – Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul is once again making waves, this time for saying he opposes citizenship for U.S. born children of undocumented immigrants.

In an interview posted Wednesday on, a Russian television station that broadcasts in English, Paul said he favors modifying current law.

"We are the only country I know of that allows people to come in illegally, have a baby, and then that baby becomes a citizen," Paul said. "And I think that should stop also."

Paul, a Tea Party movement favorite, captured the Kentucky GOP primary last week, defeating establishment candidate Trey Grayson.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizenship to individuals born in the United States, but Paul's position is not an unpopular one in Congress.

Legislation referred to as the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009, a bill that has 91 co-sponsors, would modify the Immigration and Nationality Act to prevent U.S. citizenship for individuals born to undocumented immigrants.

Paul campaign chairman David Adams confirmed to CNN that Paul stands by his comments.

Paul also suggested that immigration policies favored by Democrats are politically motivated.

"I'm not opposed to letting people come in work and labor in our country, but I think what we should do is, we shouldn't provide an easy route to citizenship. A lot of this is about demographics," Paul said. "If you look at new immigrants from Mexico, they register three to one Democrat. The Democrat Party is for easy citizenship for allowing them to vote."

On his campaign website, Paul explains his position on immigration in terms of incentives and subsidies.

"I realize that subsidizing something creates more of it, and do not think the taxpayer should be forced to pay for welfare, medical care and other expenses for illegal immigrants. Once the subsidies for illegal immigration are removed, the problem will likely become far less common," Paul says.

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soundoff (310 Responses)
  1. gt

    dang a politian will some brains,,, right on !!!

    May 28, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    Definitely agree, this was a stupid idea to begin with and the probably genesis of the entire problem. Sounds like some sort of dumb Democrat idea to get votes for themselves.

    May 28, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Terry

    The man is saying what everyone has known for years already but it will never change.

    May 28, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Mesa Mick

    What's wrong with you Rand? Didn't your daddy teach you better?

    You keep forgetting to put on your white hood and waving the "stars & bars" CSA flag before your pressers...

    May 28, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. seebofubar

    That was the dumest law ever passed.

    May 28, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. A Jackson

    He is no different than the rest of them . Now he wants to change the constitution? Let's blame all the problems on immigrants. Unbelievable!! You lost my vote this is outrageous!

    May 28, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. billy

    Nothing like re-writing our Constitution, eh, Paul?

    May 28, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Was this idiot raised in Texas?

    The most ignorant thing he's said yet.

    CONSTITUTION OF THE USA, BUDDY - and we're not changing it for a loopy Senator wannabe or a half-term gov. quitter.


    May 28, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Steve in North Carolina

    He's right on this one! It is not just the Mexicans, there are many Arabic people who book a flight to "visit" the US just to pop a kid while they are in the country and get automatic citizenship for the kid. It's crazy to allow it to continue.

    May 28, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. PDXSerric

    This would require a complete rewriting of the Fourteenth Amendment. I thought Conservatives were supposed to uphold the constitution, not change it to suit their whims.

    May 28, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. EndTheFed

    Great...more demonization of Rand Paul by the mainstream media. I'll be sure to keep NOT watching CNN and Fox News to find out what's happening in the world.

    May 28, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. lolo

    You are telling me that Sarah Palin is behind this man? Also the tea partiers? They must not have really check him out or they just don't care. Okay the rest of America, put your thinking caps on. If these people are not crazy I do not know what else to call it. It took an African American to get the white house for these nuts to show their true colors, but I am glad that the rest of us see their true colors. They really do want to go back to the past. They really think that this country is only for them and no one else. If this is howChristians act, God help us. The GOP and Tea Partiers are definitely the blue-eyed devils.

    May 28, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Tall Ed

    So now what will Hispanics in AZ have to carry their parents' papers too?

    This is crazy. I can't wait until he loses.

    May 28, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Marcus Leach

    "All persons the United States...are citizens of the United States" -14th Amendment; obviously Rand Paul is a Constitutionalist, just another Constitutional cherry picking Tea Party member.

    May 28, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Bertina

    That means that I wouldn't be a citizen because I was born in Germany by a US army father and his wife-both of which were American citizens.

    May 28, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. steven harnack

    With politicians like Paul we'll soon have to change a line in our national anthem to say "the land of the mean and the home of the selfish". And still some of us can't see why the rest of the world doesn't believe us when we brag about our lofty ideals.

    May 28, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. Greg

    I thought teabaggers were all about the constitution? I guess it's only the parts of it they like. Either that or someone needs to tell Paul it's in the constitution. I think him and Sarah were separated at birth.

    May 28, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. ohbrother

    Did his family come here legally??

    Anyway, I won't be happy until he comes out and says something like "Soylent Green is Made of People" or "There are Extraterrestrials amongst us"

    May 28, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Nobody Special

    While I tend to agree with this position, it's 100% unconstitutional.

    Therefore, Dr. Paul and his tea-party associates are being quite the hypocrites.

    All I have been hearing from the Tea Party is complaints about the current administration's lack of respect for the constitution. (Quite untrue, by the way).

    Yet, here they go, wanting to change a well-established piece of it.

    Dr. Paul, you can't have it both ways.

    May 28, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. Line Jumpers?

    This law was written in the 1800s and should be revisited

    May 28, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. alix

    Paul is pandering to the extreme right. he should just shut up and go back to europe where his ancestors were from

    May 28, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  22. greg the progressive

    Please talk some more rand, pretty please.

    May 28, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. KateHikes

    Why is this so controversial? Paul is absolutely right. These brown squat monsters hatch their spawn in the US in order to anchor themselves here. No more changes to the racial character of our country. We may have been co-opted by jews and muds, but American is still a White country in spirit.

    May 28, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Naqib

    I really can't think of a reason to disagree...

    Come on in... work, have a life... apply and get you citizenship legally... you and your family live happily ever after...

    May 28, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Apparently Mr. Paul has not read the Constitution of the United States –

    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    If you want to represent the United States, Mr. Paul, learn the laws of the land. Anyone, I repeat, anyone BORN in the United States is a citizen no matter who their parents are or how they got here. So suck it up and deal.

    May 28, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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