Is Mitt Romney an Anchor Baby?Posted: January 17, 2012
After Romney’s admission last week that his great-grandfather crossed the U.S./Mexico border illegally, we’re looking for him to become the first presidential candidate to self-deport. At the very least, we want more information about how Romney’s father entered the United States.
Ruben Navarette at CNN writes:
That changed this week when Romney — in talking about his father, a self-made man who worked his way up from nothing to become head of American Motors Corporation, governor of Michigan and a Republican presidential candidate in 1968 — told a crowd at the Rochester Opera House in New Hampshire that his father was born in Mexico and came to the United States at 5.
Romney’s great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, fled the United States and crossed into Mexico in 1885 to escape religious persecution. He helped build the Mormon enclave of Colonia Juarez in Chihuahua.
Miles Park Romney never became a Mexican citizen, and neither did his son, Gaskell, or grandson, George. They were all denied Mexican citizenship because statutes on the books in Mexico denied that right to American settlers and their offspring.
We’ve be contacting Romney’s campaign, but they refuse to comment. More information to come.
*Update: He was an American citizen, so technically Romney is not an anchor baby. But he may be the first Hispanic president, as we’ve seen in the news lately. We will need to ponder the significance of this. How do you feel about it?