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Rookie Rand #2: No Citizenship for Children of Illegal Immigrants

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Posted on May 28 2010 4:00 pm
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Calvin Frieburger’s designation of Rand Paul as “Rookie Rand” — a politically inexperienced amateur who just says whatever pops into his head no matter how politically damaging it could be — comes to mind again.

The AP reports:

FRANKFORT, Ky. — U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul is stirring it up again, this time by saying he opposes citizenship for children born in the U.S. to parents who are illegal immigrants.

Paul, who a week ago won the GOP primary, told a Russian TV station in a clip circulating on political Web sites Friday that he wants to block citizenship to those children.

“We’re the only country I know that allows people to come in illegally, have a baby, and then that baby becomes a citizen,” Paul told RT, an English-language station, shortly after his win over GOP establishment candidate Trey Grayson. “And I think that should stop also.”

Legislation dubbed the Birthright Citizenship Act was introduced in the House last year seeking to prevent citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants even though the 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizenship to everyone born in the U.S. More than 90 lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors.

Paul told the TV station that partisan politics may be at play in not stopping illegal immigration.

“I’m not opposed to letting people come in and work and labor in our country,” Paul said. “But I think what we should do is we shouldn’t provide an easy route to citizenship. A lot of this is about demographics. If you look at new immigrants from Mexico, they register three to one Democrat, so the Democratic Party is for easy citizenship and allowing them to vote. I think we need to address that.”

So Paul is worried about the children of illegal immigrants who won’t be able to vote for 18 years? Seriously? That’s how he’s framing this political long shot?

Y’know with as great as he’s been at covering up his anti-American foreign policy views I really expected Rand to be a bit more politically saavy than the Old Man. Guess I was wrong.

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