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WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says that the United States shouldn’t grant citizenship to children of immigrants in the country illegally.

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The Texas senator is the latest White House hopeful to weigh in the debate that has divided the GOP 2016 presidential class since billionaire businessman Donald Trump outlined his opposition to “birthright citizenship” earlier in the week.

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Cruz said Wednesday that he “absolutely” favors ending automatic citizenship to those born in the country as guaranteed in the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He made the comments in a radio interview on the Michael Medved Show.

Cruz says he opposed “birthright citizenship” even before he became a senator.

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