While defending his stance on immigration at the Florida debate, Mitt Romney revealed a family secret, his father George Romney was born in Mexico. This came as a surprise to many people seeing how as George Romney ran for President and you need to be born in the USA to run for President.
The reason George Romney was born in Mexico was that his Mormon family fled the United States to set up a colony in Mexico due American laws that prohibited the Mormon practice of polygamy.
The Boston Globe reports:
But there are other elements to the Romney story that may explain why he doesn’t tell the full tale on the campaign trail. The reason that George was born in Mexico is that his grandfather – Mitt’s great-grandfather – had taken refuge there in order to escape US laws against polygamy. It was this family patriarch, Miles Park Romney, who established the colony and lived there with four wives.
Mitt Romney has decried what he has called the “awful’’ practice of polygamy and has never visited the colony, even though several dozen of his cousins continue to live there.