Photo: Latino Mormons Not Big Fans of Romney
Though there are a number of Latino Mormons, it appears Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has not automatically won their vote.
Among the Latino Mormon population, immigration is a major issue, and many say Romney’s stance on immigration is in direct conflict with the teachings of the Mormon church.
Latino Mormons have begun saying that they will not promote and will actively speak out against Romney or any Mormon seeking office who supports harsh immigration reform.
The Mormon faith has a history of converting immigrants with the teachings of the Book of Mormon, and statements have even been released by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding the targeting of immigrants in new policies, adding that Romney’s immigration reform proposals which fail to provide undocumented immigrants with a path to citizenship is hypocritical, as his ancestors sought refuge in another country (Mexico) just as immigrants are now coming to the U.S.
Ignacio Garcia, a history professor at Brigham Young University and a Sunday school teacher at his Mormon ward, recently told the Associated Press, “We view immigration as a God event. The book says no one comes to the Land unless they are brought by God.”
As a result of current immigration policies, at least two LDS branch presidents have been arrested a deported.
So while there is a growing number of right-leaning Latinos converting to the Mormon faith, they have not been swayed to vote for fellow Mormon Romney just yet.