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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soundoff (310 Responses)
  1. TCM

    Absolutely! I am tired of paying taxes to support these illegal loafers...scurrying across the border to squat and have an anchor baby...Just cutting the medical assistance and coverage that's currently going to these illegals would save the country millions...

    May 28, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Observer

    I guess he is opposed to the so-called "birthers". That should end any of the debate for his supporters.

    May 28, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. John VA

    I may disagree with this guy on most every other issue, but on this, I'm all for it!

    May 28, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Jack

    Even during the debate of the amendment different Congressional representatives did not believe it meant children of foreigners. Several Congressional members did not support the current interpertation.

    May 28, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Stephen Matthews

    These tea baggers make me so sick. They stand by the constitution whenever it suits their needs, but when it comes to practicing the freedoms it guarantees they sing a different tune.

    As far as Paul's comments regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1964, if it were up to him he would allow businesses to discriminate with impunity.

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

    Yutz!

    May 28, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Rick Geary

    It's amazing how these tea party folks claimed to be strict constitutionalists, but see nothing wrong with modifying it to suit their own agenda. The only thing missing from Rand Paul and his tea party gang are the white robes and hoods.

    May 28, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Seattle Sue

    Once a jerk always a jerk.

    May 28, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. John in Cal

    What happens if a child is born to American parents overseas? I guess they aren't American citizens and would have to apply for citizenship right? They would or wouldn't be citizens of the country born in unless the counties laws says no, so they would be without a country? I'm bringing this out as legit questions and not to be smarmy. We need to think of these things, and not just leave a little baby without a country. Would they be citizens of their parents country also if born here? I know that we as American citizens are not to have dual citizenship.

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

    I should have made that more clear. I don't believe having a baby in the US qualifies as getting any kind of citizenship.

    May 28, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    They took his muzzle off and he does it again. Keep talking to your racist cracker base Rand.

    May 28, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. emma leniuk dozois

    Is he not the gift that keeps on giving Wow

    May 28, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Ed

    It's funny how tv watchers are afraid to comment. Everyone else is considered driven towards some truth, that the corporations, in their attack on the United States Government and all world governments, have used their media control to deaden the words, so that you appear to be mean, when actually you are trying to be kind to the criminals who are too ignorant to understand.

    Parasites only understand how to steal, and pretend what others do, is their work.

    The known traitor, george bush, did not set a good example for anyone's life. To pretend corporate interests should be of any concern to the voters is false, parasitic, and george bush, and dick cheney, and their crew, commited treason, in the name of their corporations.

    May 28, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. JES

    I agree why do we do this.

    May 28, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Lance

    Didn't he campaign on "projecting the constitution", but proposed to change the part he doesn't like?

    I bet you majority of "Tea Party" members, much like this guy, has no idea what are in the constitution, yet they all claimed that they want to "protect" it.

    May 28, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. jonathan

    This guy is an idiot. Almost every industrialize country has the right of citizenship in the country they are born. No matter if your parents ar illigal or not. Only in this country we vote for this kind of people. Obviously this guy iis not a leader but a demagogue.

    May 28, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Johnny Five

    I agree with Paul.

    May 28, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Steve51

    So the Constitution is wrong and must be changed. Repeal the 14th amendment because we do not want your babies.

    May 28, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Brenda

    The majority in the country support Rand Paul in regard to this issue. The majority do NOT believe that these children should be given citizenship-if both parents are illegals.

    If both parents are illegals--there is no way that a baby born on US soil to illegals, should be granted citizenship.

    The 14th Amendment was to protect/guarantee the cittizenship rights of newly released slaves and their children. The 14th was not meant to create a pathway for millions of illegals to invade our country--and destroy/take over our country through birth right citizenship.

    Any politician who is bringing up birthright citizenship--is hoping that this will eventually make it to the Supreme Court--where the 14th Amendment issue will need to be reviewed/intrepted/ruled on by the Supremes.

    The Supremes will have to rule on/interpret the true intentions of our forefathers through the 14th Amendment. The Supremes will definitely rule that the true intentions of our forefathers through the 14th Amendment-–was NOT to encourage/create a path way for millions of foreigners to come to our country illegally-–and be rewarded/accommodated for breaking our laws by granting their children citizenship, if both parents are illegals.

    May 28, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. RCasson

    This idiot makes Palin look like Einstein. This guy is an obvious, racist scumbag. Palin is too, but at least she doesn't admit it on National TV. Blacks and Latinos are second class citizens in this idiot's twisted mind. I hope he gets blown the hell out on election day. As a black American, he really disgusts me. ALL Americans should be disgusted by the likes of this tea party klansman.

    May 28, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    That's a real christian attitude to take there Rand.

    May 28, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. G.M. Snow

    Right on.

    May 28, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Hunter

    It's about time. Canadian, Chinese, Mexican, Russian. If you are here with consent (visiting, vacationing, working, ambassador, student) fine, the baby is a citizen. If you are here criminally, the baby deserves our best care, then a safe trip home.

    May 28, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. sine

    This guy is completely irrational -- What is he going to do throw out every single kid from the only country they have ever known b/c their parents didn't follow the process??

    Shame on him and the teabaggers that support this nut!!!

    May 28, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. To tell the truth

    this numbhead is too extreme to the far right.. kentucky is doomed if they elect him come november, he ll be making all kinda extreme laws n voting like a teabagger

    May 28, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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