Saturday, November 10, 2007

Mitt Romney a Mexican-American?

188pxromney1 Marisa Treviño on the Huffington Post has an interesting piece about Mitt Romney's criticism of so-called sanctuary cities. She sees it as inconsistent with his family history:

"It seems that Governor Bill Richardson isn't the only presidential candidate with a Mexican-born parent. Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, can technically claim Latino heritage as well. His father, George Romney, was born in Colonia Dublán, Galeana, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. . . . The elder Romney was born in a Mormon colony on Mexican soil that his parents had fled to, for lack of a better word -- sanctuary. That's why, it's rather ironic that Mitt, being the son of a man whose family fled to Mexico for sanctuary reasons, would authorize a plan to slash funding for American cities that declare themselves to be immigration sanctuary cities."

200pxgeorge_w_romney_time Like Mitt, George Romney was a businessman and politician.  And he unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination against Richard Nixon in 1968.  George's candidacy raised the issue whether he was eligible to be President, which is constitutionally limited to a "natural born citizen" of the United States. Both his parents were American citizens, and he returned to the U.S. before he turned 21. That was sufficient for him to be a U.S. citizen, but not necessarily to pass the "natural born" test for the Presidency. The issue was never tested in court and contrasts with the cases of Barry Goldwater, who was born in the Arizona Territory (Arizona was not yet a state at the time of his birth), and John McCain, who was born to American parents in the Panama Canal Zone at a time it was part of the U.S. and his father (a naval officer) was assigned to duty there.

Postcript:  For an article in Hispanic Business critical of Mitt Romney's new television spot on immigration, click here.  Even if Mitt is Mexican-American, his immigration position will probably not get him many Latina/o votes. For blog commentary on the new spot, click here.


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