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Paul favors path to citizenship for illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON — Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said Tuesday that illegal immigrants should be allowed to become US taxpayers and ultimately get a chance to become citizens, a significant step for the Tea Party favorite amid growing Republican acceptance of the idea.

‘‘Let’s start that conversation by acknowledging we aren’t going to deport’’ the millions already here, the potential 2016 presidential candidate told the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. ‘‘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.’’

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