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Rick Santorum: Illegals' Kids Born in US 'Should Not Be Citizens'

Rick Santorum: Illegals' Kids Born in US 'Should Not Be Citizens'
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By    |   Thursday, 20 August 2015 07:46 PM

Former Sen. Rick Santorum says illegal immigrants who begin families knowing their kids will automatically be U.S. citizens thanks to the Constitution should be prepared to be separated from their families — and added it's not the government's problem.

"The parents put their children in this situation and they knew that in doing so that they had broken the law and that there was a chance that they would be separated," Santorum, a Pennsylvania Republican running for president, said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"That's not the government's problem, it's the parents who have put their family in that situation and I can tell you that my own personal situation, my grandfather left my father for the first seven years of his life. He couldn't come to this country [from Italy], my father couldn't, because he was not permitted to under the current immigration law.

"And my grandfather thought it was worth it to spend seven years, get his citizenship, and then bring his family over. So these decisions are made every single day and it would be made in the case of folks who have children who are citizens of this country just like my grandfather had to make that decision."

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Santorum's GOP competitor, Donald Trump, is calling children born of illegal immigrants in the U.S. "anchor babies" — a term deemed offensive and insulting by some, including former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, whose parents have Mexican roots.

"Frankly, I've never used the term, as far as I know. I could be wrong. But I don't recall. I really just discuss it in terms of whether this should be the case going forward," said Santorum, who wants to enact legislation to crystalize the issue.

"Anybody who's in this country who has a child here, that child is entitled to birthright citizenship and that's an open question and it's one that the Congress can weigh in on and should weigh in on," he said.

"People who are here illegally, who have a child here, those children should not be going forward should not be considered U.S. citizens. We should have a law that makes that clear and that's what I propose today."

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum says illegal immigrants who begin families knowing their kids will automatically be U.S. citizens thanks to the Constitution should be prepared to be separated from their families — and added it's not the government's problem.
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