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 English-language RT, shortly after his win over GOP establishment candidate Trey Grayson.
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 United States. More than 90 lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors.
"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."- AP