Did Andrea Mitchell Accuse Mitt Romney's Mexican Father of Being an Undocumented Immigrant?
In today's "items we were not expecting": NPR reports that Romney's father, George, was born in the Mexican state of Chihuahua after his relatives emigrated there in order to continue practicing polygamy:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints banned polygamy in 1890, but Mormon leaders quietly sent selected members to Canada and Mexico to continue practicing plural marriage.
One of them was Miles Park Romney, the great grandfather of Willard Mitt Romney.
Miles Park Romney — a Utah builder with a massive head and a square jaw — had four wives and 30 children.
Today, some of their descendants still live about a four-hour drive from El Paso, in the Mormon colonies in northern Chihuahua, where mainstream Mormons no longer practice polygamy.
Romney's cousins still live in Mexico, and according to NPR, they are rooting for him. Though they're distant and have never met, said his cousin Kent, "I've never met a Romney I wasn't related to." (Which is exactly what mi familia used to say about the Escobedos of the Western US! Maybe Romney is more Mexican than even he thinks.)
More to the point: Andrea Mitchell appeared on Chris Matthews to discuss whether this makes Romney's father an undocumented immigrant—and while we are not pumped she didn't "drop the I-word," we appreciate her mettle. Mediaite:
“The other interesting little fact is about the Mexican Romneys, those looking back at all of those records say that Mitt Romney should look back at the records because the Romneys that came back from Mexico to the United States, they crossed the border illegally.”
Mitchell’s remarks left conservative columnist Kathleen Parker in stunned silence. “Well, you may have one-upped me on that one, Andrea!” Parker exclaimed incredulously.
She was not quite right, apparently: CNN reports that when Romney's family left the US, they never became Mexican citizens. So that means they were undocumented immigrants in that country, then, no? THE IRONY.