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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  1. red

    I guess for Rand it is "if they ain't white, they ain't right." Poor man, I wish he would get out of politics and leave that to sane ethical, moral people. Oh wait, this is America. Never mind.

    May 28, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Jerri in NM

    The Gift that keeps on giving.

    May 28, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Loren

    Why didn't the Native Americans think of this one?

    May 28, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. ann

    This idiot is more fun to watch than Palin!!!!! Dumb,dumb,dumb,dumb................DUMB!!!!

    May 28, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. rose in Colorado

    It is about time that immigration rules change in this country. By allowing babies born in this country to illegal immigrants we are encouraging more illegals to break our laws an enter illegaly.

    The first thing that illegals do when they enter our border is to have babies thinking that this way they will be able to stay in this country and eventually gain citizenship.

    Mexico immigration laws are much stricter than ours but they expect to welcome every illegal that crosses into our country.

    All states in this country should wake up and follow the Arizona immigration laws.

    May 28, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Blackwater II

    And why would this make waves? The 14th Amendment needs to be changed, the creators never envisioned the trash currently invading our shores. Deport the anchor spawn, along with their parasite parents!

    May 28, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Mike

    Rand Paul has it right, time to end this foolish practice.

    May 28, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. jarhead

    Mr. Paul, illegal immigrants are not eligible for welfare,medi-care. Please explain" other expenses. You seem to be a straight shooter... Don't embellish. By the way most new immigrants are minorities and tend to vote Democratic, no suprise to a thinking person.

    May 28, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. 8 years of the Bush Error = How many years of recession and unemployment?

    So now the tea gaggers want to change the very document they claim to cherish?

    Guess racist Rand's next suggestion will be to "modify" the Constitution's amendments that freed slaves and gave women the right to vote! Just give this clown enough rope and he will "lynch" himself come election day.

    Just what the republikkklans need, another rube wanting to take away the rights of American citizens and doing by changing the Constitution..

    But I as a Dem personally love the new poster boy for the tea baggers,
    it only goes to prove that "tea bagging" was the main occurrences at the Tea Parites, they certainly were not discussing the merits of the Constitution.

    May 28, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. adampeart

    I don't know about my "brows" raising, but the corners of my mouth are certainly raising, forming a smile. Dr. Paul, sounds good to me! Is this country done cutting it's nose off to spite it's face? Only the most manipulated imbeciles in this country are aghast when truth and reason are spoken.

    May 28, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Meka

    Someone should tell Rand Paul, Mexican's and Native Indian's . . . ARE THE ONLY LEGAL PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY!

    May 28, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Doc

    Rand, perhaps the 3:1 preference of immigrant children for the Democratic Party is a function of the Dems better reflecting the values and interests of working people?

    May 28, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. Ronald

    This guy is David Duke with a brain.

    May 28, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Tulsa

    Talking to Russian media? ...and you call Obama a SOCIALIST!

    The reason, Mr. Paul, that immigrants choose the Democratic party is that they more closely follow the intent of out founders. Freedom and oportunity.

    The Republicans on the other hand are for no personal freedoms and for the "ruling class" of the stingy, wealthy, old white male elite to dominate all commerce at the expense of the rest of the populace.

    Fear, war, lies and intolerance........ that's what Republicans have shown themselves to be over and over.

    May 28, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Myron

    Not shocked that the tea party is backing this racist. The group's lack of condemnation is deafning

    May 28, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. stevegee

    Go Rand go!

    Crossing our borders illegally does not give the offspring of aliens the right of citizenship. Rather, it makes their children criminals just like them! So close the borders, deport all the illegals including their children. They're parasites on our society. It's time for our elected officials to proclaim that the U.S.A. is not a free-for-all for the rest of the world.

    May 28, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. aaro

    Rand Paul for President!

    May 28, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. sportsguydave

    Keep digging, Paul. Apparently, you're just as crazy as your dad, and not as smart.

    How's that teabagger thing workin' out for ya?

    May 28, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Chandler01

    The GOP is so focused on the immigrants themselves, and not the REAL problem: the companies that bring them over here. Border security will not matter when you have corporations who profit when they give false documents to illegal immigrants. The GOP is too tight with Agribusiness and the Meat Packing industry to admit that they are the BIGGEST reason that illegal immigrants make it across the border at all.

    May 28, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Joe

    Paul's position makes perfect sense to me; however, when was the last time "common sense" made sense in politics?

    May 28, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. mark

    What makes this guy an American? If it is not his birthright, then what else is there? Idiot 'a foolish or stupid person'.

    May 28, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Larry

    Hey, it's Rand Palin again!

    May 28, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. andre

    can someone please call BP to plug THIS national disaster.

    May 28, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Stephen

    The 14th Amendment itself does not guarantee citizenship to children of illegal immigrants. A Supremee Court ruling based on the 14th Amendment holds that.

    May 28, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Joe

    I can't see anything is wrong with this comment. Go to check what happens in other countries, capitalist, european semi-socialist and China communist countries.

    May 28, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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