(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul reiterated Tuesday afternoon that he's not calling for a new pathway to citizenship in his immigration proposal, but he's not planning to stand in the way of any undocumented workers who want to eventually become citizens, either.
"It doesn't get you in a green card line. It gets you in a line to enter the country legally to become a citizen like everybody else who wants to come from around the world to be a citizen," he said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
In a speech to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce earlier in the day, Paul stated that he's not in favor of deporting the country's 11-12 million undocumented immigrants and instead argued for a plan that would give work visas to those who came to the country illegally. A congressional panel would determine how many visas would be given each year.
The plan would bring "these workers out of the shadows and into becoming and being taxpaying members of society," Paul said in his speech.
Some reports, however, questioned whether he was supporting a pathway to citizenship, a proposal backed by a bipartisan group of senators in Congress.
Asked specifically Tuesday if he was in favor of allowing undocumented workers to one day become citizens, Paul said he supports the idea if workers want to apply for citizenship in the traditional manner.
"But you don't get to get in front of anyone in the line," he said.
"I'm simply saying you can get a work visa and you can get in the normal line," he added. "I'm not creating a new line for citizenship. I'm just saying you can get in the current line that exists. The only thing I'm saying is you don't have to go home."
- CNN Political Reporter Shannon Travis contributed to this report.
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