It’s no surprise that Mitt Romney’s not a big fan of illegal immigrants or Mexican drug cartels, but a new online documentary suggests that the beef ain’t just campaign rhetoric, it’s personal!
VICE co-founder Shane Smith dropped by the panel Monday to discuss his latest documentary, “The Mexican Mormon War,” which focuses on a war between the cartels and Mormon families south of the border.
About a century ago, some of Romney’s polygamous Mormon ancestors packed up their belongings and left Utah to settle in Ciudad Juarez, (in northern Mexico) hoping for a better lifestyle without the interference of the US government. Together with a few other clans, the emigres formed their own South-of-the-Border Mormon colonies.
But now they’re running into trouble of a different kind. Some colony members have been the target of kidnappings by the cartels, sparking an all-out war between the two sides. And while Romney’s family aren’t gun-toting clansmen and women, they have plenty to say about their distant cousin up North – as well as his stance on drugs and immigration.