Congressman Connie Mack has issued an unprompted reply to Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Rand Paul’s comments last week, which suggested that American-born children of illegal immigrants should not be entitled to citizenship.

Paul’s stance, Mack says, ignores basic constitutional principles:

As we all know, the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution explicitly states,  ‘All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States…’

The Constitution was created to limit government, protect liberty, and safeguard individual rights. Ignoring the plain meaning and written word of the Fourteenth Amendment – and indeed, the entire Constitution – disrespects the Constitution itself and discredits the candidate.

Mack, who represents parts of Southwest Florida, has drawn fire from hard-line conservatives for opposing Arizona’s notorious immigration law, which has caused a rift within the Republican Party.

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