May 28th, 2010
03:07 PM ET
4 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 RT.com, 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. Edward Hahn

    I think this guy is off his rocker but i actually agree with him on this one. That policy always perplexed me.

    May 28, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Bill

    I actually agree on this one issue with him. Everything else that comes out of his mouth just proves what a nut job he is. Just call him Rand Gump.

    May 28, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. conniesz

    The biggest "subsidy" for undocumented workers is people willing to hire them. The numbers thrown around by the likes of Paul do not take into account the amount of taxes paid by these workers when they work in meat packing plants, janitorial services, etc. These business all withhold taxes from paychecks, they do not pay in cash (that's reserved for the rich Republicans paying their nannies and gardeners under the table).

    As for children born as citizens – I would agree that citizenship should come because at least one of the parents is already a citizen. An undocumented woman who has a child may still give birth to a citizen if the child's father is a citizen. We need to be able to do dna testing to establish paternity and to abide by the results. There is the issue of the children born to people legally in the country but who are not citizens. I would suggest their children are not born citizens either.

    We will always pay emergency medical for anyone who shows up at a hospital, regardless of their immigration status. And, the fact is, it is often less expensive to treat a problem before it becomes an emergency – so withholding health care is unlikely to result in any cost savings at all.

    May 28, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Doug

    Dr. Paul is right. This law was originally intended to provide citizenship to freed slaves. That need hasn't existed for more than 100 years. The only thing it does now is provide a mechanism for illegals to have an "anchor baby" and ensure that they can stay in the US. It provides a way for illegals to "cut in line" ahead of those that are working to become citizens the legal way.

    May 28, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Senator

    He's being interviewed on Russian TV? I know we cant see Russia from Kentucky, Maybe he's at Palin's house and she's advising him. He challanged President Obama to come down here, well come on Mitch, Sarah, chaney, bush come down here and stump for the good ole boy Rand....

    May 28, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Cuss

    not sure of rand paul's positions on too many other things, but when it comes to this issue, he is right on the money. illegal alien comes over, drops the anchor, and now the anchor and the mom can stay here legally? how wrong is that? oh, did i forget to add the the hospital bill for the birth and post partum care was paid by YOUR TAXES? how sweet.

    May 28, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. dfd

    Why is Rand( is that some sort of alien name) against the mexican thing so much.

    May 28, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This guy doesn;t know when to shut up. He's ruining his own campaign. Fine with me. Answer this hypothetical question then Mr. Paul. What if an illegal immigrant had a child with an American citizen? What then? STFU

    May 28, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Rachel

    I'm truly sick of hearing the backwoods statements that come from this man's mouth. This man helps no party further themselves with the citizens of the United States.

    May 28, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Mark

    I love this guy, the best thing to happen. He proves how stupid the Tea Party and conservativesis are, a bunch of igorant bigots.

    May 28, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. harvey

    Mr. Paul is a mean-spirited Tea-Partier who is totally politically motivated. How many times, Mr. Paul, do you remember Richard M. Nixon, one of the leaders of the glory days of your White American Racist Party, embracing Cuban immigrants to the United States in Florida? Those same immigrants overwhelmingly voted Republican. Hell, Nixon even hung out with Bebe Rebozo! And of course you wouldn't recall this FACT, because you, the thugs in Texas and Arizona, and the rest of you losers try at every turn to revise history. You can pass legislation that's unconstitutional, but you then have to amend the Constitution. I'm shocked that someone who graduated from Duke University Medical School could be so dimwitted. Mr. Paul, you have aligned yourself with Sam Francis, the Pioneer Foundation, and the National Organization for European-American Rights (NOFEAR) headed by Mr. David Duke, a blatant racist, anti-Semite, and Ku Klux Klan member. By your words and actions, you have aligned yourself with dangerous hate groups and seek to reverse laws and policies that have brought this country out of the dark ages of racism and intolerance for the last generation. You and your pal Newt (ForTheRich) Gingrich are attempting to set the USA back 100 years, to the carpetbaggers, white sheets and hoods, nooses and lynchings. You have no business running for anything other than toilet cleaner, and I hope some of your Tea Party friends will send you some TP. Your statements bring back memories of the 1930s, when Blacks, Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, and others not pure in the minds of barbarians were blamed for the problems of Germany. Go away and stay away!

    May 28, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Paul went on to say; "OH, and gay and lesbian children should not be allowed to be citizens...

    OH, and black Americans of slave ancestry (and any other people of color) should not be allowed to be citizens, and this part should be retroactive...

    OH, and we should aspire to the LOWEST common denominator in terms of International standings, as we have done with Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Universal Health Care and the like.

    We should be the most powerful nation in the world and the least inclusive and have the least favorable working, living environment for the working class in our nation."

    This is what we can expect from Tea Party Candidates.

    May 28, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. buckwheat

    Thank you Mr. Paul for your common sense!

    May 28, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. capnmike

    I think this guy is a jerk, but I agree with him on this one.

    May 28, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Best thing I heard all day.

    May 28, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. vjpgh

    I tend to agree with him on this subject!

    May 28, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. tom

    I consider myself a very liberal democrat and nothing that's come out of this idiot's mouth is supported by me....but on this issue I do strongly agree. I work for an int'l airline and see this happening regularly. The citizens of many nations come over here well on their way into pregnancy specifically in order to have the baby, get a US passport and leave...allowing them all the privledges of a us citizen. It is not right.

    May 28, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. MadRaven

    and Why is this a bad thing?

    May 28, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. bd

    I think that at least one parent needs to be a legal citizen for their US born child to be a citizen. Thank you R Paul for defending our resources (schools, med care, natural resources)

    May 28, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Angel

    This guy can't get out of his own way.

    May 28, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Larry

    The more I hear about him, the more I like him.

    May 28, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Matt

    So you want a strict reading and defending of the constitution, until you dont agree with it? Republicans at their best, Hypocrisy reigns. Why not just come out and say it you dont like other races. Everyone knows it.

    May 28, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Paul also said: "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."

    "What we (in the Tea Party) WANT is cheap exploitable labor that we can abuse then send back to their home country and/or bury in pauper's graves, because we can replace them with ease."

    "What we WANT is to keep America PURE>"
    WHAT WE WANT is to go back to the JUST post Colonial days!"

    May 28, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Cory

    Born in the USA= United States Citizen! I am already tired of this guy and he has not even been elected... He should stick with laser eye surgery. Leave the "thinking and planning" to people that are not so filled up with hate and fear.

    May 28, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Jackie

    Rand Paul makes me ashamed to say I'm from Kentucky.

    May 28, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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