Telemundo has surveyed Hispanic voters this year and found that, among adults who identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, 66 percent favor President Barack Obama, 26 percent Romney. And Obama’s numbers are up from May, when 61 percent of Hispanics surveyed supported him and 27 percent backed Romney.
Romney has long opposed a comprehensive immigration reform policy that would include a path to citizenship for the roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States other than making them return to their native countries and get in line. During one debate, he famously described this policy as “self-deportation.” He has been consistent on this through both of his campaigns for the White House.
According to an analysis of U.S. and Mexican census data conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, roughly 6.1 million unauthorized Mexican immigrants were living in the United States last year, down from a peak of nearly 7 million in 2007. According to the Associated Press, "It was the biggest sustained drop in modern history, believed to be surpassed in scale only by losses in the Mexican-born U.S. population during the Great Depression."
If elected, Romney has said, he would implement a strategy of “self-deportation” for undocumented immigrants, build a border fence and add hundreds of new guards.
Mitt's siblings have visited their 40 second cousins in Colonia Juarez but the presidential hopeful has never reached out to them.
The Mexican Romneys are supportive of Mitt's campaign but they do not appreciate his hardline against illegal immigrants.
Romney's Mexican relatives live in large, suburban American-style homes; they speak perfect English and hold dual citizenship; they shop in El Paso; and their children attend college in the states.
"So people ask why Mitt hasn't come down and met his family in Mexico," Kent Romney says. "Well, we're kind of distant cousins. We're not part of the Gaskell-Romney family line."
Romney's father, George, was born in the state of Chihuahua, in a colony of polygamous Mormons.
Romney rarely speaks about the Mexican branch of his family, and he's never visited his numerous cousins south of the border — but the Romneys of Mexico are all rooting for him.
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
As reported today in the New York Times, Mitt Romney offended Palestinian leaders on Monday with his suggestion that cultural differences explain why Israelis are more economically successful than Palestinians. In trying to tamp down the controversy, Romney’s people offended Mexicans by saying culture also explains why the U.S. is richer than Mexico.
The next U.S. president, whether it's Obama or Romney, will enjoy a rare chronological bonus in U.S.-Mexican relations: he will start his term almost simultaneously with a new Mexican president, which will allow the two administrations to embark on new - and bold - economic initiatives
It's not just that visiting Mexico would send a signal that he has not given up on Hispanic voters, who are supporting President Barack Obama by 63 percent to 23 percent for Romney, according to the polls. It would be a sign that Romney understands where some of the biggest U.S. challenges and opportunities lie.