Rand Paul: Are you an Idiot?

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In an associated press article, Rand Paul, a republican candidate for the senate in Kentucky, was quoted from an interview he did with an English Russian T.V. station the following:

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 also.

This is so contrary to reality. To wit, 33 other nations, including Mexico and Canada,  grant birthright citizenship to all born within their respective nations.

He also spit out another disingenuous bit:

…But I think what we should do is we shouldn’t provide an easy route to citizenship.

If an undocumented immigrant comes to the U.S. and has a child, the latter becomes a citizen, not the parents. In fact, if a parent entered the U.S. without authorization(as opposed to coming on a visa), it is virtually impossible for the parent to get any kind of status in the U.S.  Unless Paul is referring to the U.S. citizen child, in which case everyone in the United States shouldn’t have citizenship–except for legal immigrants, of course–because none of us obtained our citizenship through hardship; we did so through birth. What a world.

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2 Responses to “Rand Paul: Are you an Idiot?”

  1. none Says:

    Canada is the only either industrialized nation to grant jus soli citizenship. Who is going to Mexico to get easy citizenship?

    However as the largest nation in the world by area and with a population of 30 million it really does not have much of an issue regarding more people. Plus entrance is difficult. If it became an issue for canada the law would be changed.

    And actually most of “us” received our citizenship via blood lineage, not birth location. As a the children of US citizens we are US citizens no matter where we were born. We had very little choice in the matter.

    • bjohns15 Says:

      The only time “jus sanguinis” is used is if the U.S.C. child was born outside of the United States. And I’ve yet to seen extensive documentary evidence on what percentage of European immigrants came to this country legally; thus, it’s quite possible that many of us have a “faulty” blood-line.

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