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Rand Paul: Illegal Immigrants Should Get Shot At Citizenship

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Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a leading anti-interventionist within the GOP ranks, was steadfast in his opposition on Tuesday, saying he was unlikely to back even a narrow resolution giving Obama the authority to respond militarily to the Syrian government. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a leading anti-interventionist within the GOP ranks, was steadfast in his opposition on Tuesday, saying he was unlikely to back even a narrow resolution giving Obama the authority to respond militarily to the Syrian government. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is telling a Hispanic business group that illegal immigrants should be allowed to become U.S. taxpayers and ultimately get a shot at citizenship.

It’s significant development coming from the Tea Party favorite amid growing Republican acceptance of the idea — but also continued resistance from some conservatives who view citizenship for the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants as amnesty.

Speaking to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Paul says, “Prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into becoming and being taxpaying members of society.”

Paul emphasizes, though, that for him to support such an approach, border security must come first.

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