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. Michael

    This is exactly the type of thinking I expect from this side of the political spectrum. If Democrats are socialist then surely these folks classify as fascist. Why not just setup a few concentration camps for the immigrants! And they accuse Obama of raping the Constitution.

    May 28, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...Is this guy STILL talking?

    May 28, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Diana

    Your statement that "The 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizenship to individuals born in the United States..." is incorrect, and Paul is interpreting the Constitution correctly.

    The 14th Amendment states that the children born must be "subject to the jurisdiction thereof." Illegals aren't under the jurisdiction of the US, they are under the jurisdiction of their home country. Think about it this way – if a US citizen travels to Spain and happens to give birth in that country, would you assume the child is a Spanish citizen?

    For further clarification, I would recommend researching Senator Jacob Howard, who took part in the writing of the 14th Amendment:

    "This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons."

    May 28, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Obama the liar

    no problem for me...sooner or later we are going to run out of that free Obama money for welfare.

    May 28, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Bobby Nakka

    I always felt that was a loophole in the system. I would even go as far as saying revoke citizenships of children who became citizens like that in the past too. I know this is a huge obstacle to tackle but we this new law if it becomes one should be a start. Once you make that happen we will see a decline in illegal immigration.

    You can't stuff the whole immigration reform in one bill, it should be done in tiers and tackled one at a time.

    May 28, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Independent_me

    The media has been very successful at putting a dark skin on illegal immigrants so there is less sympathy for these types of people... However, there are millions of WHITE illegal immigrants from Europe who are under the radar. No one is looking at them because they do not stand out.

    In Boston, for example, there are thousands of illegal immigrants who, through friends and other contacts, are holding high-paying construction jobs. They are taking jobs away from legal residents and other Americans...

    CNN – why don't you do a story on WHITE illegal aliens. You and the rest of the media are giving the impression that all illegal aliens are Hispanic, or other dark-skinned people.

    C'mon...I double dare you to!

    May 28, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Max In NY

    I bet this guy could never imagine being the son of an illegal immigrant.

    Republicans have a firm belief that there birth was divine right, and they earned even everything they inherit. I have news for you, we do not choose who we is by chance.

    Its those beliefs that keep us from helping the poor and make us lag behind the rest of the industrialized world.

    May 28, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. cmkc

    I think he's just saying what alot of us liberals have always thought, but have left unsaid for fear of being painted with a bigot brush. This warrants frank and intelligent review and discussion

    May 28, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. rs

    On citizenship- he was for the Constitution before he was against it? I'm sorry, these TP people are nuts!

    May 28, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Independent_me

    And, by the way, of all the illegal immigrants from Boston, the IRISH predominate!

    May 28, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    The automatic citizenship of children born in the U.S. is not a law that could be changed by a simple act of Congress. It is the first provision of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

    May 28, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Kevin

    So if you're not born into the right family, you don't get to be an American? Even if you've lived your whole life here? Just because your parents aren't citizens?

    Every time Paul opens his mouth, he's supporting policies that allow private citizens to restrict access to the free market, or opposing equal government protection, or supporting the right of the government to make reproductive decisions for women.

    On what planet is this man considered a Libertarian?

    May 28, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Dave

    So Rand Paul opposes the Constitution? interesting

    May 28, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...BUT, I actually AGREE with him on this 100%. It might actually help stem the "flow" of illegal entries from EVERYWHERE.

    May 28, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Ben

    None of these things he says will ever become even remotely close to becoming law, so we can all just ignore this guy.

    Have a good day Rand.

    May 28, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Mr. Paul should learn more about his Canadian neighbours to the North. Children of illegal immigrants born in Canada have an automatic right of Canadian citizenship.

    May 28, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. The only Sane one on here

    He is absolutely RIGHT. These illegals are not idiots, they know if they have a baby in the US then that baby becomes a citizen and they are allowed to stay. This system is so easy to get around. Soemthing needs to be done and what Paul is saying should be done.

    The only people who would be against this are those who do not believe in the rule of law and our national sovereignty.

    May 28, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. CommonSense

    Mr. Paul is right on target with this particular revelation. Our forefathers never envisioned such an influx of illegal immigrants. It's time to stop giving the 'citizenship incentive' for people to come to this country illegally!

    May 28, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. shooter

    All Amemricans are behind him and support his view. Deport all illegal aliens including their off-spring.

    May 28, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. I am a voter

    I totally agree with Paul and I think most Americans will also.

    May 28, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Devils!

    Then i suggest EVERY white person and their siblings pack their bags and head back to Europe!...this country was stolen from the natives and mexicans!!! this man and his like are nothing but devils in disguise!

    May 28, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. DudeDad

    Bash the President on the one hand about not following the US Constitution, then choose to ignore the 14th Amendment on the other. Each week with this guy is like knowing that the milk has have to sniff it anyways....looking forward to the Randism of next week...

    May 28, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    So Rand the racist has no problem letting Hispanics come into our country to watch our children, tend to our gardens and do all the things we Americans are too lazy to do but he doesn't want to allow them to be citizens. If this guy wins, the Republican party will never get another black or hispanic vote and since whites are quickly becoming the minority in America the GOP will never win the white house or a majority in congress again

    May 28, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. Joe

    I wonder what other parts of the constitution he doesn't agree with?

    May 28, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. silence dogood

    So much for the infallibility and strict adherence to the "constitution," huh Rand? Take a look at the 14th amendment, and also, too, what it takes to amend the const. – ain't hapenenin. next?

    May 28, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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