Romney was the first presidential candidate born outside the United States, and his decision to run against Nixon in the Republican primary of 1968 raised many questions. Apparently, there were no Birthers back then to question his birth or demand his birth certificate. President Obama was dogged for much longer by the Birther movement about where he was born. The president released his birth certificate as proof that he was born in the United States of Hawaii.
Appearing on The Chris Matthews Show, Andrea Mitchell claimed that Mitt Romney‘s relatives entered the United States illegally. CNN contributor Ruben Navarrette Jr. explains that Romney’s ancestors crossed into Mexico but never became Mexican citizens. So were the Romneys illegal immigrants in Mexico?
According to NPR’s John Burnett:
In 1912, the Mormons fled their colonies in Mexico to escape the violence of the Mexican revolution.
Miles Park Romney begat Gaskell Romney, who begat George Romney. George — who was never a Mexican citizen — was 5 years old when the family left Mexico. He went on to be an auto executive, governor of Michigan, and a presidential candidate. George begat Mitt, who was born in Detroit.
Most of the Mormons never went back to Mexico. But one of Miles Park’s sons, Miles Archibold, did return. And it is his progeny who remain here today, Mitt’s second cousins.So years later, are the Romneys' illegal in Mexico today?