Rand Paul Doubles Down On Ending Birthright Citizenship

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Donald Trump’s endorsement of ending birthright citizenship has not turned Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) off of the idea.

The Kentucky senator — who co-sponsored a bill attacking birthright citizenship in 2011 but more recently has dodged questions on the issue — told the Washington Post that birthright citizenship is “probably not” a “good idea.”

“If you are looking at border security, and we’re going to have a secure border, then I’m not sure we need to change citizenship,” Paul said while on a trip to Haiti this week. “Birthright citizenship is a beacon for the world. So is what we did for the Dreamers. Birthright citizenship — it is what it is. That’s the way the law has been interpreted. But is it a good idea to do that with an open border? Probably not.”

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