In an interview with RT, an English-language Russian TV station, Republican Senate-hopeful Rand Paul said he opposes granting citizenship to children of illegal immigrants. Paul, who gave the interview shortly after winning Kentucky’s Republican primary, stated: “We’re the only country that I know that allows people to come in illegally, have a baby, and then that baby becomes a citizen. And I think that should stop.”
Paul supports legal immigration, but opposes amnesty and advocates additional border security through an underground electric fence and helicopter stations. A self-proclaimed “constitutional conservative,” he believes that the U.S. subsidizes illegal immigration through taxpayer funded welfare and medical care.
The 14th Amendment of the Constitution guarantees citizenship to everyone born in the U.S. Last year, however, the Birthright Citizenship Act was introduced in the House of Representatives. The Act would not allow citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants, despite the amendment.
Paul’s views on immigration are also clearly stated on his website:
“I do not support amnesty. Those who come here should respect our laws…Immigrants should meet the current requirements, which should be enforced and updated. 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.
Millions crossing our border without our knowledge constitutes a clear threat to our nation’s security. I will work to secure our borders immediately. My plans include an underground electric fence, with helicopter stations to respond quickly to breaches of the border.”
According to the AP, Paul’s Campaign Chairman Dan Adams said the Republican nominee stands behind his statements because immigration is “a real problem in this country.”
Paul’s interview with RT is below. The immigration chat starts around 08:30:
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