Mitt Romney’s Mexican Connection

In 1885, in the face of some messy business over loving too many women, Miles Romney set off from Utah to Chihuahua to raise his family and create a refuge for fellow Mormons about two hundred miles south of El Paso and Cd. Juarez. One of the children he brought with him was Gaskell Romney, who went on to sire a son in Colonia Dublán who would go on to become President of American Motors, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Governor of Michigan and presidential possibility — George W. Romney.

As the Mexican Revolution broke out, the Romneys headed back North to Idaho and Utah, the five-year old George W. Romney in tow.

The Mexican connection didn’t come to an end. Twenty-six years later, in 1938, the family’s lawsuit “Gaskell Romney v. the United States of Mexico” finally was heard, and Gaskell was awarded $9,163, which gave him a leg up.  He gave half of the award to his son George.

In the 1960’s, when George was considered a presidential candidate, the issue of the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution came up, questioning whether he was a “a natural-born citizen,” since he’d been born to U.S. citizens living in Mexico. The issue soon became moot.

And now George’s son Mitt, having just finished a term as Governor of Massachusetts, is a possible Republican Party candidate for President.

He’s never been to Colonia Juarez, but he still has kinfolk living in Mexico. Overlooking the matter that Mitt Romney clearly is the most handsome of the pack of presidential contenders, what’s his position on Mexico?

 

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