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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Romney's family is no more Hispanic/Latino in culture and ethnic origin than were the Pilgrims who colonized Massachusetts and never became Indians or our citizens who form diplomatic community in Spain. Many of our soldiers have children overseas, but that doesn't mean that their children are foreigners. The case of present day illegal aliens communities in this country is are very comparable to that of the Mormans in Mexico. The Mormons were colonists who become no more Hispanic than the current illegal aliens in this country who currently comprise the ghettos of Los Angeles and Chicago are U.S. citizens. Hispanic is an ethnic group which retains the same culture and language. The Mormans of Mexico, and that of the U.S. adopoted none of those characteristics. Not all people in Mexico are Hispanic or have adopted Mexican culture, just as all Americans aren't Irish. Is there no end to the stretches in logic made by illegal alien advocates? You're not even very inventive. Stop blowing smoke.

Posted by: Horace | Nov 10, 2007 5:54:35 AM

There's nothing unusual about such irony, as all of us would have to live their lives in the past to avoid irony. Unlike the illegal immigration advocates, Romney doesn't let what happened 132 years ago govern what he does today. The only thing that this nation has in common with past is the Constitution, which he's sworn to uphold as governor and which he will do as president. Mr. Romney will uphold the laws of the land, our present immigration laws, included, unlike those who once called themselves lawyers, but are now only social engineers.

Posted by: George | Nov 10, 2007 8:38:45 AM

There's a better terminology than sanctuary, that's haven for fugitives from the law. Illegal aliens are fugitives from prosectution under federal immigration law. Individual citizens who beieve that they can somehow feel safe from prosecution for harboring and abetting illegal immigrants are misguided. Harboring and abetting illegal aliens is a felony, and these cities are guilty of no less than encouraging others who would come here illegally. They deserve whatever sanctions that the federal government can mete out.

Posted by: Horace | Nov 10, 2007 1:30:06 PM

Mitt Romney doesn't have a chance at all to win the presidency. If you want to check out a real candidate with real values, check out Hillary Clinton. You won't be disappointed.

Posted by: Vote for Hillary Online | Nov 10, 2007 3:13:02 PM

Which Hillary, the one for licenses for illegal aliens or the one opposed? She lacks the courage of her convictions, as do most politicians. She's a hack who will prostitute herself for the presidency. Polls show that more than half of all Americans would never vote Hillary, even on a bet. This Hillary is no better than the first, the one that was villified for her health care plan back in the days of Bill. The more the public sees of her, the less they like of her. By the way, which face of Hillary's do you think is prettiest? I believe that she has just two, but we'll have to await her coronation as the Dem candidate before she shows all of them. The illegal immigration question will be her downfall.

Posted by: Horace | Nov 11, 2007 5:56:35 PM

Hillary changes values like she changes her underwear. She's nothing but a liberal opportunist that caters to self-serving ethnocentrists and racial groups. Her pandering for the Hispanic vote and sale of the citizen's birthright to contol his immigration policies and enforce his immigration laws is repulsive to every American, except the weak-minded and unprincipled.

Posted by: George | Nov 11, 2007 6:54:40 PM

THe Mexican constitution says that the children of Mexican-born fathers are also citizens of Mexico, which makes Mitt Romney a Mexican citizen. His grandmother, Anna Amelia Pratt, who was a daughter of polygamists is of Mexican heritage. So, he actually does have real Mexican blood in him

Posted by: Daniel | Jan 16, 2008 1:33:02 AM

He is a Mexican American, Being MExicna is not an ethnic group or a race it is a Nationality, His father was Mexican 100% he was born within the borders of said state, actually MItt Romney is also mexican, because anybody born of a Mexican parent gains automatic nationality at birth, how ever he would only have to register his birth in a Mexican consulate. There are quite alot of us Mexicans who are of european descent and have embraced certain ethnic traits, such as language and dietary customs, but who are not Aztecs, what are your definitions of being Mexican? or Latino?

Posted by: Rodrigo | May 15, 2010 3:57:04 PM

This is a very interesting subject. I wish it were discussed more by the citizenry at large instead of treated like an oddity. The first commenter, Horace, reveals the truly narrow-minded, reactionary response.....very racist, that somehow, to be "mexican" or "latino", one has to be hispanic or mestizo, or something other than what Mitt Romney looks like.
By the way, Horace, I am related to Pilgrims.....and I am related to Mexicans.
You see, many "anglos" were attracted to the norteno area as far back as the 1830s. Thus you will find many "anglo" names to this day scattered around Coahuila and Chihuahua, cities like Saltillo, Monclova, Chihuahua......
Thus today, some folks that share my "anglo" last name are crossing illegally back into the USA!
The immigration problem is....MEXICO.
We must work harder to bring MEXICO's legal system up to NAFTA standards.....too much corruption, too many rich people in MEXICO operate without respect for the law.

Posted by: nmwander | Jun 4, 2010 7:52:57 AM

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