Latino mormons out to convince others not to vote for Romney
A group of vocal immigration advocates made up of Latino Mormons is speaking out against presidential candidate Mitt Romney because of his anti-immigration stance. The group says it's using Mormon teachings to convince others not to vote for the Republican nominee-hopeful.
To that end, they have already protested outside of Romney campaign events, held firesides (similar to tent revivals) on immigration and have traveled to other states to help defeat other Mormon politicians who also have anti-immigration views. The group says it's happy that there's a Mormon running for president, but that they can't support him because his stance on the topic of immigration is wrong and hypocritical.
Romney doesn't really say much about his faith, but it's a well-known fact that his great-grandfather, who had five wives, fled to Mexico after polygamy was banned in the United States--in essence becoming an immigrant himself. So it's hypocritical, then, for Romney to be against proposals to give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, the group claims.
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In addition, according to the group, the Mormon faith has a strong, historic connection to converting immigrants. And, even though the church doesn't keep track of the ethnicity of its 6 million members, a national 2011 survey of Mormons by Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life reported that Latinos make up 7 percent. The church itself reports that its Spanish-speaking units has doubled in the last ten years. Unsurprisingly, Latinos are the fastest growing group within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
However, according to estimates, the majority of these Latino Mormons are undocumented immigrants, which means they have no voting power or voice come election day. So, it remains to be seen what kind of influence the group speaking out against Romney's anti-immigration stance will actually have.
What do you think about Romney's anti-immigration stance? If it does go against Mormon teachings, what does that say about Romney's faith?
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