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December 26, 2007

Mitt Romney: Anchor Baby?

ProhibidoI like irony. Tom Tancredo’s endorsement of Mitt Romney took many by surprise. But the surprise became astonishment when it was revealed that Mitt Romney’s father came to America across the Mexican border. For some reason The Tanc didn’t seem to mind. Hypocritical? You be the judge.

Tom Tancredo, the only candidate for president from either party to declare himself in opposition to legal immigration, and to have a specific aversion to Mexican immigration, dropped out of the presidential race last week. Then he did something quite odd – he endorsed Mitt Romney, the only candidate whose father was born in Mexico and whose family made use of the porous border to immigrate between Mexico and the United States.

PolygamyOuch. Most people probably don’t even know about this. And why was the Romney family kicking it in Mexico? Polygamy. Nice.

Mitt Romney’s father George was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1907, the son of Gaskell Romney and Anna Amelia Pratt. Three generations of Romneys lived in Mexico because Miles Park Romney, a polygamist, moved the family there in 1884 as it became increasingly clear that the U.S. government would not tolerate polygamy in the Utah Territory. The 1882 Edmunds Act stripped polygamists of the basic rights of U.S. citizenship, denying them the right to vote, serve on juries or hold office. Not dissimilar to current immigration raids, U.S. federal agents hunted and arrested polygamists. Polygamists were forced to leave the country or risk jail.

Mexican Border CrossingLawbreakers. It turns out that polygamy was not legal in Mexico either, so “Miles Romney then knowingly arrived in direct violation of Mexican immigration law.”

Aren’t these the kind of people Tancredo dislikes with intensity?

Relative Junius Romney negotiated with rebel leaders to get women and children out of the colony for their safety. Anna, with Mitt’s father George in tow, fled across the U.S. border by train (with no apparent delay or search at the border). A short time later Gaskell, like many Mexican immigrants before and since, covered hundreds of miles under a hot sun, crossing by land into New Mexico.

Hypocrisy knows no bounds. The more one finds out about Mitt Romney, the less there is to like.

Update: I should have noted that the source, Think Progress, is a left slanted smear site, and although it may be accurate on occasion, it’s best to be cautious taking articles there at their word.  A grain of salt is always good to include in the mix.  That’s precisely why I said “You be the judge.”  Commenter TLB pointed out this comment over at an alternet reprint of the original article:

Per this: It is the consensus of scholars, however, that foreign born children of Americans are natural born citizens. And that would mean that [George Romney] and McCain would certainly qualify.

Thus, calling George Romney an “immigrant” is false. And, for that reason and others, most of the post has nothing to do with Mitt Romney. He’s the one who’s running for president, not his late father.

B4B always strives for accuracy, and will continue to do so.  Constructive criticism is always welcome.

— Psycheout


  1. (We just wonder where you came from and under what circumstances, PsyKKKeout……was it a test tube, or did they raise the afterbirth and named it PsyKKKeout)

    Comment by MoxoM — December 26, 2007 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

  2. So now you condemn him for something that happened before he was born. Now that´s really nothing short of obnoxious.

    Comment by PG — December 26, 2007 @ 4:17 pm | Reply

  3. It’d be like condemning Psycheout because his mother didn’t abort him when she realized he was the Anti-Christ.

    Comment by Elephant Bones — December 26, 2007 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

  4. I condemnm Psykkkeeout’s mother for failing to use birth control or abort him. Damn her to Hell.

    Comment by Spacebrother — December 26, 2007 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

  5. I condemnm Psykkkeeout’s mother for failing to use birth control or abort him. Damn her to Hell.

    Comment by Spacebrother

    (She tried, but the knitting needle broke……he is indeed the antichrist just like EB said)
    (Anyone here has the Daggers of Megiddo?)

    Comment by MoxoM — December 26, 2007 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

  6. (665, the afterbirth of the beast)

    Comment by MoxoM — December 26, 2007 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

  7. I’d suggest reading the comments, including one from me (“Immigration2008DotCom”). I also just left another comment at a reprint here: The consensus is that George was not an “immigrant”, as the article falsely states.

    I only come here through search, and the last time I also pointed out errors in a far-left article that this site was linking to; see the first comment here:

    Tancredo’s Tanc Runs on Hot Air

    Let me suggest verifying similar articles in the future.

    Comment by TLB — December 26, 2007 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  8. I realize it’s more fun to attack me, the author, as opposed to addressing what’s written here, but it’s really not very useful. At least TLB and PG tried.

    Thanks for the info, TLB. I will note that the source, Think Progress, which is obviously slanted to the left. And I will update the post to reflect your concerns.

    Constructive criticism is always appreciated.

    Comment by Psycheout — December 26, 2007 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  9. I realize it’s more fun to attack me, the author
    (the first true thing ever written by this geezer)
    as opposed to addressing what’s written here,
    (who cares about your “enlightened opinion” anyway, do you take yourself serious…..I don’t think so…)
    but it’s really not very useful.
    (laughter is VERY VERY useful, PsyKKKeout)

    Constructive criticism is always appreciated.
    (try to be funnier, humor is supposed to make persons laugh, not fall asleep)

    Comment by MoxoM — December 26, 2007 @ 6:37 pm | Reply

  10. psychout seems to harbor a suspicious hostility 4 tancredo… for a self avowed ‘conservative’anyway.
    pretty much sounds like a leftist open borders zionist who isnt at all interested in securing THIS NATION, but is all for any war or scheme that funds or protects the israelis borders. neocons.. so predictable.

    should be a ”iran is so evil and dangerous they made a gay, disabled, veteran, israeli beagle puppy cry, we need to attack iran to avenge that gay, disabled, veteran IDF beagle puppy” story forthcoming soon.

    Comment by faith avenger for alan keyes — December 27, 2007 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

  11. You know what? You’re probably white, which means your ancestors were immigrants too. The only people who can trace their family back more than 500 years and still have ancestors in America, are the Natives. And they’re dying out. The US is a nation of immigrants, and always has been. Learn to deal with that.

    Your sister in Christ,
    An Italian-American

    Comment by L — January 1, 2008 @ 11:08 pm | Reply

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