(“WILL HE HAVE TO PROVE IT?”) ~ The Romney Eligibility Question| The Post & Email
WILL HE HAVE TO PROVE IT?
by Paul R. Hollrah, ©2012
(Feb. 1, 2012) — A December 18, 2011 article in the Free Republic, by Larry Walker, Jr., raises many interesting questions about Mitt Romney’s status as a “natural born” citizen, as required under Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.
The principal questions raised by Walker are these: First, at the time of Mitt Romney’s birth, was his father a United States Citizen? Secondly, inasmuch as Romney’s father, George W. Romney, was born in Mexico, did his father become a naturalized citizen prior to Mitt’s birth? And finally, as the son of a Mexican-born father, was Mitt Romney born with dual US-Mexican citizenship?
These are all interesting questions. However, in order to address them with some degree of logic it might be useful to first establish a few facts of the Romney family history, working backwards from the present.
Mitt Romney was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 12, 1947. His parents were George W. and Lenore LaFount Romney, who married in Salt Lake City on July 2, 1931. At the time of his birth, Mitt’s father served as general manager of the Automobile Manufacturers Association, in Detroit.
Mitt’s mother, Lenore Romney, was born in Logan, Utah on November 9, 1908. She was an American citizen at birth. His father, George W. Romney, was born in a Mormon Colony, Colonia Dublán, in Galeana, State of Chihuahua, Mexico, on July 8, 1907. His parents were Gaskell and Anna Amelia Pratt Romney, both ex-patriot American citizens who were born in Utah and who met and married in Mexico. Family histories indicate that they did not renounce their U.S. citizenship upon arriving in Mexico.
What calls into question Mitt Romney’s status as a “natural born” citizen is his father’s Mexican birth. After being born in Mexico to American parents in July 1907, George W. emigrated to the United States with his parents and siblings in 1912, at age 5. Many who question Mitt Romney’s status as a “natural born” citizen assume that his father, George W. Romney, was a Mexican citizen when he arrived in the United States in July 1912……
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