Mitt Romney's Mexican Roots

Mitt Romney's Mexican Roots
Mitt Romney

Winner of the New Hampshire Republican primary, Mitt Romney has been pretty vocal against illegal immigration.

But now that he is the Republican front runner he realizes that he needs the support of Latino voters to win the presidency.

So he casually mentioned the other day that his father was born in Mexico. He also made an appeal to Latino voters.

“Take a group like Latino-Americans. If I can convince more Latino-Americans to vote Republican, I’ll be doing pretty well pretty broadly,” Romney said at a campaign stop in New Hampshire’s Nashua Chamber of Commerce, according to Univision.

It hasn't been a secret that he has family roots in Mexico but it's not something he has touted.

It turns out Romney's Mormon great grandfather, Miles Park Romney, fled from Utah to Mexico to avoid anti-polygamy laws. His grandfather had four wives in Utah and took a fifth in Mexico.

Romney's grandfather and his father, George Romney, were born in Mexico. Under Mexican laws, Romney could become a Mexican citizen, even though he is not ethnically Mexican.

This is so ironic. As the author of this Chicanísima blog, I am of 100 percent Mexican ethnicity. But my grandparents, not my parents, were born in Mexico. So I cannot apply for Mexican citizenship. But Mitt Romney could.

Of course, he wouldn't do that since he wants to become president of the United States.

The bigger issue here is Romney's hypocrisy. Mexico took in his family when they faced persecution for what he called their religious beliefs. Mexico welcomed his family and he still has relatives there, according to a NBC story.

But Romney is against the DREAM Act and would punish immigrant children brought to the United States through no fault of their own. These youth also came here with their parents seeking shelter and a better life. But Romney would deport them.

Romney can't play both sides of this issue. It is not so black and white. Many Latinos who are U.S. citizens have relatives or friends who are undocumented. They won't vote for a candidate who would punish undocumented youth.

And we know the Latino vote is important is many key states. In the last presidential election 31 percent of Latinos voted Republican, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. I don't think Romney would get those same numbers.

Romney's connection to Mexico will not help him win a single Latino voter.

Lo siento "Mitteo."


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    With the outcome of the New Hampshire primary with Mitt Romney in the lead, followed closely by Ron Paul with others close behind; so who in actuality has the best understanding of the illegal immigration invasion? NOT AS LEGAL IMMIGRANTS AS THE LIBERAL PROGRESSIVES HAVE CONVEYED, AS BEING OF THE SAME STATUS AS ILLEGAL ALIENS. Everywhere in the Liberal press is this “Political Correctness” mendacious determination to betray their readers, which both illegal and legal immigrants and migrants are of the same status.

    Republican candidates have a minor difference amongst the top contenders, but all sponsor mass deportations, harsh state enforcement policing laws and extending the fence along our Southern border. All Republican candidates, except Newt Gingrich are in opposition to giving most illegal immigrants a path to lawful residents. However--mass deportations can be very expensive and not so simple, with court appearances and stays. Republicans in the Senate and the House can alleviate much of this expense, by co-sponsoring the “Legal Workforce Act” (E-Verify) that once the law is enacted and businesses can no longer chance the hiring of illegal workers, in time thousands will begin the self-deportation. This is a matter of fact, because hiring an illegal alien will bring the down the ICE and the courts down upon the perpetrator. Mandatory E-Verify would enforce these laws if enacted:

    1. Require 100% of businesses to use E-Verify for all employers within 2 years
    2. Require all federal, state, and local agencies, businesses that contract with the federal or state government, and businesses with more than 10,000 employees to begin using E-Verify within 6 months
    3. Require federal, state, and local agencies to run its entire workforce through E-Verify
    4. Allow private business to check all current employees through E-Verify
    5. Increase employer penalties and fines for knowingly hiring illegal-alien workers.

    Passage of just H.R. 2885 would displace hundreds of thousands and ultimately millions of unauthorized workers, with no chance of work to start repatriation to home country.

    To run America we must have a TEA PARTY Conservatism, whose major contentions is stop the Liberal-Socialist movement within the Democratic Party. To stop our nation from further sinking into political quicksand, the only chance left to the population to renew this countries weakening foundation. Overtime the Liberals have exerted such careful stealth 'Political Correctness' forced onto us to undermine our liberties and freedoms. Only by returning to the essence of the U.S. constitution, can we hope to resurrect this country of ours from the shadow government It started with a few ardent voices but grew in popularity until it became unwritten and written law within the . With those who were publicly declared as being not politically correct becoming the object of persecution by the Liberal progressives and extremist, who desire to reinvent America. Political Correctness is to reject every Americans right to freedom of choice and freedom of speech. The Tea Party of "The People" and not members of the establishment of elites in the Republics party is ready to claim our country back from the influence that would destroy us.

    The TEA PARTY banner to marching in 2012 is: God-given individual freedoms written by Principles of the Founding Fathers. No more bank or investor companies bailouts; reduce the size of an intrusive government and return money and resources to the states; discard the current tax code and reintroduce a fair and equitable system that doesn’t favor the special interests or corporate welfare; repeal Obama-Care and introduce a competitive free market; cease and desist out of control spending and enact federal treasury deficit reform; secure our borders and defend and protect America from enemies domestic and foreign. Bring to the surface the abundant natural resources of oil, natural gas and coal, to reduce our dependence on foreign governments. Finally—give us back our Christian heritage. On the Illegal Immigration, I myself was victim of ID theft, but luckily it was for just $3.500 dollars. Three people were using my identity to get jobs, In Houston, TX, Louisiana and Nevada. Even now the mess hasn’t been resolved and I have refused to pay money for something I had nothing to do with? It seems as if our country is not just being invaded, but a large majority are criminals—stealing, killing and large proportion who are drunken drivers that has spread nationwide that is well spotlighted on the highways as hit and runs. Additionally—no matter the Democrats say, as they seem to be intentionally oblivious that illegal aliens are voting in federal, state and municipal elections and without exception vote in the cycle of elections, providing bonus votes in the presidential races. Chain Migration after the 1986 immigration law was a costly process for taxpayers. Also known as “family unification” allowed parents and children sponsored to enter America through petitioning the government. A document of financially support sounds simple enough, but after immigrating become another weight on taxpayers when the original sponsor fails to honor his obligation.

    In 2010, the tea party movement’s power was felt as incumbent Democrats and Republicans alike were replaced with Tea Party endorsed conservatives. The Tea Party played a decisive role in the unparalleled midterm electoral victories and key Special elections, devoting millions of dollars and pioneering campaign tactics to bring victory to conservative candidates. With centralized conservatives in control of the House and poised to take over the Senate in 2012, the Tea Party has besieged President Barack Obama for defeat.

    THE US GOVERNMENT THROUGH ITS DISMAL FAILURE TO SECURE THE BORDER AND NO EFFORT TO AMEND THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP LAW, HAS PLACED ON ALL AMERICANS A POPULATION OF 340.000 BABIES ANNUALLY--TO BE FINANCIALLY PAID FOR OUT OF TAXPAYERS POCKETS. A bill gathering dust in Congress and sponsored by Steve King’s (R-IA) Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 (H.R.140) would amend the law so the unborn babies of illegal aliens smuggled calculatedly through borders or by international flight are ineligible for citizenship. A further explanation to amending this part of 14th Amendment, is the less obvious reason? Illegal aliens once they have a foothold in America can then petition the courts for legal status. Although many years may pass once gaining citizenship, they can then partition under the family unification laws, bring even more family members to these lands and like a giant pyramid scheme, just replicates.

    Another preference bill is the ‘Legal Workforce Act’ or recognized as mandatory E-Verify program. This current bill, H.R. 2885 can right some massive wrongs and impose ‘Attrition through Enforcement’ guaranteeing that illegal aliens will self deport taking their families with them if no work is available. Taxpayers and jobless workers can expedite this method by stringently complaining to the Federal and State offices of Senators and the Congressional House phone switchboard at 202-224-3121. Do not let them deliberately hold back this law as it will help relieve some of the 22 million unemployed American job seekers. This is a simple, less aggressive and relatively free from taxpayer’s expense, as nationwide employers will no longer be able to skirt this law. There will be no mitigating event as many will see the inside of federal prison cell. Not only has 73 Republicans; mostly fresh Tea Party politicians, but also 3 Democrats have also supported this imperative as of the 1st of January, 2012.

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    I disagree with the author - it assumes a lot to assume that everyone feels as she does when that is clearly not the case.

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    " If you are Mexican and have children born in the United States, by registering them in any Mexican consulate they will have dual nationality." So therefore it should be reciprocal and the US should change the law, and if they don't that should somehow reflect on Romney when it has nothing at all to do with him other then it could be an option that he didn't take. Furthermore assuming Latins or Latino's are Catholic also assumes they are conservative voters in most States besides CA and a few other's. Conservative vote Republican and 30% would be inaccurate but nice try.

  • Newsflash! In 2008 Latinos supported a candidate that had close to 100% no Mexican heritage , promised flowerful immigration reform, jobs and a change from the status quo. While his party held the majority in the executive and legislative branches of our government- he increased the number of deportations, pushed off acting on IR, Hispanics now have >11% unemployment, lower household net worth and the fence on our southern border still stands. But wait, give him four more years and things will... Change? No thanks!

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    What happened to the promises Obama made to the Latino community? To the author of this article, do not assume all Latinos agree with you! I am Mexican-American and I do not feel the same as you.

    I am researching all the candiates, which I suggest all Latinos do as well, learn about them, just don't vote just because one is black, latino, white, etc.., vote on the person who you feel is going to do better for YOU! As of now, Obama will not be getting this Mexican-American's vote!!!

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    The reason Romney's father left Mexico is because his family was forced out at gunpoint. The mexicans stole their land and all of their possessions and they arrived back in America with nothing.

  • In reply to Brian Skinner:

    The Romney clan never had Mexican citizenship. They hopped the border to Mexico to avoid the law. The patriarch was a criminal-but he was only a criminal because he was committed to live his life in an alternative form of marriage that was so strongly demonized to the point where it was made illegal.

    Shades of Prop 8!

    Also, according to the almost Mexican Mitt, his ancestors never spoke Spanish. What kind of people hop over a border and live two generations in a new land without learning the language?

    The Romney clan, that is who.

    Thus, when the Mexicans took the land, they were taking it from fugitive border hopping non-citizens and giving it back to its people.

    My grandparents also fled the revolution. They were not forced out at gun point, but It makes for nice drama and a possible Lifetime movie of the week. I doubt if anyone pointed a gun at the Romney clan and escorted then out of Mexico. Funny how there are many others of the Romney clan who made the CHOICE to remain in Mexico. How did that happen? Did they hide behind a cactus when Pancho Villa came riding into town? I bet you have a nice spin on that.

    The fact is that the Romney clan hopped the border to the USA to find a better life.Where have I heard that story before?

    My grandfather did the same thing. He fled the revolution and eventually moved to Chicago, where he eventually found a well-paying job working for the railroad, although he washed dishes for 20 years before finding that job. Unfortunately, he was limited as to what neighborhoods he could live in, simply because he was Mexican. There were many neighborhoods in Chicago he could not safely walk through. He was limited as to what jobs he was able to have. I doubt if Mitt's grandad experienced the same things.

    Unlike the Romneys, my grandfather learned to speak the native language in his new country.

    Oh, BYU Brian, before I forget-Go Utes!!! 54-10! (My alma mater Utah beat the evil empire BYU in football by the score of 54-10.)

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    thanks for the article. It is great. Romey like all of the other republican candidates show their hipocricy as they are put on the spot. I am a conservative but not a republican, do like Ron Paul. I am not Mexican but love our hispanic heritage.

    PS Brian, long time ago, the US of America stole half of mexico from the mexicans and also just to let you know America is the continent that includes south, central and north America and of course the caribean islands (Cuba, DR and PR).

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