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. ran

    This change would relieve a lot of our illegal immigration problems. It is one of the few things I agree with this guy on. Also if we were to go after all employers who hire illegals we would see a major drop in our illegal immigration problems.

    The problem is can we get our elected officials to do what is right and change the "anchor baby" law and enforce the laws that would make employers think twice before hiring any person who is here illegally.

    May 28, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Discernment


    Against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's wise advice for Rand Paul to chill-out on the national scene and focus on his Kentucky senate race; this knucklehead Paul continues to make unwanted national news for the Republicans. Just when the GOP look to miraculously turn around the losses of 2006 and 2008; this jerk Rand Paul begin doing all he can to sabotage the Republican comeback.

    May 28, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Heath

    so pretty much every one of us would no longer be citizens. because everyone born here was born to technically "illegal" immigrants. Unless your a native american

    May 28, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Liz the First

    This guy is the turd in the rethuglikkklans' punchbowl. hope he shows every voter in this country what the teabaggers, who are nothing but super-strength rethuglicans, are all about. wonder if this guy claims to be a christian.

    May 28, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Rosslaw

    While we're one the subject, let's remove subsidies for agricultural giants like ADM, for Florida and Louisiana sugar cane growers to grow unneeded sugar and keep the price artificially high. There exist a thousand useless or counter-productive subsidies and this piece of work thinks that the world will be a better place if we can just completely screw the illegal immigrant who is repairing his roof or doing his yard.

    While we're at it, let'salso tax all corporations for income earned from their US operations and stop the BS of having income shipped overseas and not taxed in the US at all.

    And I'm not sure how American Paul looks-reminds me of the first Men in Black movie and I'm not referring to Tommy Lee Jones.

    May 28, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. David

    The GOP made a huge mistake when they created the Tea Party movement as a tool to do their dirty work. These extreme-right wing nutjobs are pushing the party out of the mainstream, not to mention alienating them from the ever growing hispanic population. You GOP yahoos always talk about following the constitution (or your wacked interpretation of it) yet now you are promoting ignoring such an important principle of it entirely.

    May 28, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Gotta love the conservatives: "CONSTITUTION CONSTITUTION CONSTITUTION...except that part and that part and that part..."

    Read the 14th Amendment and go F yourselves. The bill being proposed is as illegal as it gets. It would require an actual Constitutional Amendment. Have fun trying to get one, bigots.

    May 28, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. IKHAN

    I have a better idea.
    Why not re-write the Constitution of USA altogether. Let's take guidance from the legislation of the old Soviet Bloc or better still the Nazis.

    What's the point in having that out dated document when more & more of the likes of Rand Paul, Sarah Palins, Tea Partiers,Wing Nuts etc would have this nation abandon all that it once stood for???

    May 28, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Malcom

    Can we say anchor baby?

    May 28, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Jimbo

    Thinly veiled racism coming from Rand (and by extension the Tea Party)-shocking.

    May 28, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Nadine

    The parents did come illegally and purposely birth children in the U.S. Why didn't all the states deny these families social services. The children should be not punished for their parents crime, so how about putting largest penalties on these parents and if they don't comply, force them out of the country. Still, how you going to deport 10 plus million illegal mexicans out of America!

    May 28, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. nlv89129

    Good it is about time for a someone to stand up for the citizens of this country

    May 28, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Dan

    Why is it that the brainless teabaggers are constantly whining about their constitutional rights being trampled on, yet never bat an eye at trampling on someone elses? Read the constitution, bag-heads, ALL of it, not just the parts you favor.

    May 28, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. lstro

    I think its an understatement to say this guy is a bit extreme in his views. The T Party can sure pick em, first Shara Palin now Rand Paul what a scary combination . I mean come on, do they truly believe comments like this will get them elected? Like Palin, I can only imagine what they' re not telling us.

    May 28, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Ilia

    Totally agree

    May 28, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. plush

    Sounds good to me. Paul says a lot a sensible things most people feel, just they are afraid to say it.

    May 28, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. unbelievable.

    I am so ashamed of my home state. Kentucky just reminded the nation of how racist the state is because they elected this man who is a reflection of their views. This is just so un-Christrian and horrible.

    May 28, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. ib

    I agree with him 100%. It's time to stop this nonsense with illegals. They are using having a baby here to get benefits without doing it the legal way. This should have been stopped a long time ago. It's past time to seal our borders.

    May 28, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Glenn, Cary, NC

    He's right. Okay, so he's crazy, too. But he's right about this.

    May 28, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is a hard thing to figure out. I don't like it that there are people who stay because there are children too young to take care of themselves that were born to illegal parents. I don't like taking kids away from parents who are here illegally either. It is not an easy question to answer. Is he planning on amending the Constitution to change this?

    May 28, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. Todd

    I hope Mr. Paul will reveal ALL of the parts of the Constitution he wants to repeal BEFORE election day.

    May 28, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. Old Yeller

    You know... our country was the greatest in the world before Rand Paul and the tea partiers come along and it will remain the greatest country in the world when they are gone from the headlines. These are not new ideas, these are the same old exclusionist people who have made it in America and now they want to close the door of opportunity to others. Mr. Paul is not a Native American and I'm sure the tea party frowns on our dark skinned brethren (perhaps want to see their papers?), but in all honesty, we are all immigrants except them.

    May 28, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |

    This type of platform will save our country. Dems even want to let felons start to vote because they know they would get a majority of those votes too. Law breakers back democrats.

    May 28, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Jeff

    Last time I checked, Mr. Paul, if you are born in the U.S., you are in fact a natural born citizen. Similarly, if a person is born to U.S. parents overseas, then they become a U.S. citizen through right of birth (please correct me if I'm, wrong). If you want to do something about the role of immigration and use the constitution to make a point, then amend it to make English the official language of the U.S. since we don't have an legal official language.

    May 28, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Michael Turner

    Obviously he is against the Constitution because the Constitution grants automatic citizenship to anyone who is born in the USA by birth. We have become a nation that only supports things when it personally benefits us.

    May 28, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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