UNIVISION: SOMOS REPUBLICANS Latino Mormons Speak Out Against Mitt Romneyby President of Somos A. Bustos on Feb. 20, 2012, under Increased Hate Crimes against Latinos, Latino Get Out the Vote for 2012, Latino Republicans Vocal Against Unconstitutional laws and harm towards our economy, Secure Borders and Reasonable Immigration Solution, The Nativist Anti-immigrant Movement
Somos Republicans is the largest Hispanic Republican Group in the Nation that grew exponentially due to our pro legal immigration views. Somos Republicans is also headquartered out of Arizona — Immigration Ground Zero. The largest Spanish media outlet — UNIVISION has a story on Latino members who are not in support of Mitt Romney due to his harsh anti-immigrant views and alignment with white nationalists via John Tanton’s network and FAIR when Romeny decided to seek Kris Kobach’s advice. Mitt Romney also has Pete Wilson’s (extremist) endorsement.
Latinos make up only a small portion of Mormons in the U.S., but they’ve split with many of their co-religionists over Mitt Romney’s immigration stance. (Flickr: More Good Foundation).
And the country’s largest Latino Republican group – Somos Republicans – said they would oppose Romney due to his immigration policies, deciding to back rival Newt Gingrich instead. What makes the opposition to Romney of some Latino Mormons different is that their disapproval of his immigration stance stems not from business or professional reasons, but rather from religious ones.
According to the Associated Press’ Russell Contreras, some Latino Mormons such as Honduran-born Antonella Cecilia Packard believe Romney has betrayed a basic Mormon belief of protecting immigrants.
“A lot of us aren’t supporting him because of his stance against immigrants,” she told Contreras.
Latino Mormons, the AP story noted, cite immigration stories in the Book of Mormon and some recent statements by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints against various policies that target immigrants. In addition, per the AP, they see Romney as a hypocrite because his own great-grandfather Miles fled to Mexico after an anti-polygamist law was passed in 1882.
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