by Efrain Nieves
Google Mitt Romney’s Mexican and you will find close to 100 articles referring to Mitt Romney’s Mexican roots as if the Republican presidential candidate has Indigenous, Spanish blood flowing through his veins.
News Flash! He’s not a Mexican and his father isn’t either. Here’s the smoking gun:
This quote was taken from the article Romney to Trump: Obama Doesn’t Need a Birth Certificate written on April 12, 2011, by Daniel Freedman, contributor to Forbes:
Article II of the U.S. Constitution states that “No person except a natural born citizen … shall be eligible to the Office of President,” and so the question is: Does natural born citizen mean born a citizen or born in the U.S.? The Founding Fathers were of course aware of both jus soli (birthright citizenship) and jus sanguinis (citizenship through parentage), but deliberately wrote “natural born” rather than something like “born on U.S. soil,” arguably to include children born to U.S parents outside the country.
The first Congress of the United States (which included many of the Founders) furthered this interpretation, when, in 1790, they passed the Immigration and Naturalization Act, stating that: “The children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond the sea, or outside the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens of the United States.” (In 1795 Congress however passed a new act stating that: “… the children of citizens of the United States born out of the limits and jurisdiction of the United States, shall be considered as citizens of the United States.”)
Originally the passing of citizenship to children only applied through one’s father, which is why George Romney (born 1907 in Mexico to an American father) was automatically a U.S. citizen, while Winston Churchill (born 1874 in England to an American mother) wasn’t. Only in 1934 did Congress change the law so that citizenship automatically passed through one’s mother as well.
Here’s to all the writers, bloggers, republicans praying ’till they sweat blood for a way to swing Latinos over and all the people who are suddenly fascinated, ready to vote Romney 2012 because of Romney’s supposedly Mexican ties. Romney’s father is technically not Mexican. He was born with automatic U.S. citizenship.
The definition of a Latino doesn’t involve the soil where one plants their feet. It involves culture, tradition and a bloodline that unfortunately dates back to slavery and occupation. Somewhere along this “Romney is Mexican” story many have dismissed that.
Do not let the media brainwash you. Mitt Romney is anything but Latino.
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