Questions raised about Mia Love's immigrant parents story

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  • sls Columbia, MO
    Sept. 28, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    Forbes is now reporting that there was such a law in the 1970s, backing up Mia's immigration story. Mother Jones deliberately misrepresented the facts to try and help Matheson win re-election.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 27, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    "The Liberal Dems must really be worried about Mia Love's rise in the polls!"

    I don't know... what about moderate Dems... should they be concerned? What does this mean?

    "So... it appears that it is fine if an anchor baby's family turns out to be a Democrat but not if they turn out to be otherwise."

    Last I checked, Mia is a Republican. What are you saying here? Her parents are democrats... ? Or that you are struck buy the conditional rage of some where if they are Latino and have anchor babies... they are vile... but if they are black and republican... then they are champions of immigration?

    If I am to understand this correctly... if hispanics came here pregnant, had their babies here, and then used that to create the right to stay here... that would be ok? Really? The fact that Mia's family was here not on a green card, or a work visa, but a tourist visa, that makes everything ok. So all these hispanics need to do is secure tourist visas and have babies here, and everyone will be fine with it then.

    Good to know. What a simple solution.

  • grandmagreat Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Sept. 26, 2012 6:06 p.m.

    Boy, she is a brave woman to want to fight a battle with anyone who thinks they know better what is right for this country than the voters. If I lived in her District, I would definitely not have any problem casting my vote for her. My ancestors gave their lives because of religious persecution, and also for wanting to settle this land and make it a great country. I am sure that those running for office should do a little history study and see what made this country great, It certainly was not the politicians, but those who served so well in the early days, as well as each veteran who has served in the many wars that have been in place since the Revolutionary War.

    Sept. 26, 2012 6:00 p.m.

    No matter how people twist it, she came here legally. Nothing wrong with that. Many want the automatic birthright discontinued, because it's no longer relevant. I agree, but we punish those who don't follow current law. She did follow the current law.

    There is no similarity between her and the dreamers, she is here legally, they are not, and they did not follow the law at 18 to become legal.

    Those who support the crime of illegal immigration still try to justify the actions of those here illegally with legal immigrants. It's not the same, and the guilty should pay according to the laws of the land.

  • johnbh99 Daytona Beach Shores, FL
    Sept. 26, 2012 5:29 p.m.

    So... it appears that it is fine if an anchor baby's family turns out to be a Democrat but not if they turn out to be otherwise.

  • Moracle Blackshear, GA
    Sept. 26, 2012 2:00 p.m.


    The Liberal Dems must really be worried about Mia Love's rise in the polls!

  • firstamendment Lehi, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 1:44 p.m.

    Those attacking Mia here are generally those who attack Mormons and conservatives all over the internet in their effort to push a certain agenda.

    Matheson has been dishonest about many things, especially Mia. What birther liberals care?

    Mother Jones fired Michael Moore for being too honest (yes BAHAHAHA) and sent that Mitt "secret video" out when America was opening her eyes (so the MSM could accuse Mitt of not caring because he admitted those voting for Obama weren't concerned about the jobs he'd create and taxes he'd lower), distracting us from 911 2012, while the "administration" again lied to us about the known terrorist attacks that they did nothing to prevent) and while Obama's foreign policy was going up in dishonest flames etc. And now they are going after Mia, just when she reported that she pulled ahead. We have to wonder why they think she is such a powerful force for good?
    I don't care if her parents were legal. I hope she can help stop the agenda that would destroy traditional families, freedom of religion, neutral and free press, and our economy. The four most important vertebrae in the backbone of any Nation. : )

  • bluejean Farmington, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 1:21 p.m.

    What's the big deal? Democrats love and embrace the whole illegal immigrant, anchor baby thang! The hypocracy is amazing. Liberals bring this up like they think its a big scandal. So basically, they just gave democrats a great reason to vote for Mia Love.

    Bottom line Republicans just plain old need her vote in the House. Matheson might be a blue-dog but he's not a reliable one and we truly can't rely on him to vote in the best interest of Utah's core values.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    Lets summarize the story that Mia Loves tells. Her parents came here legally, then she was born in a US hospital. Mia is a legal citizen. Shortly after she was born, her parents were able to send for her siblings, who all came here legally. As the years passed by, her parents met the legal requirements to become legal citizens. So far, nothing illegal has occured. The only thing that Mia does not know is the laws that allowed her parents to come on a Tourist visa, then become citizens.

    To the libs and their ilk that that can't understand why Mia is against illegal immigrants and the loopholes that allow them to stay, I have a simple question. Why do you refuse to accept the simple fact that Mia has learned about the ill effects of illegal immigration and has chosen to stand buy her convictions?

  • Johnnyoh! ,
    Sept. 26, 2012 12:47 p.m.

    Matheson has learned a great deal from his president Obama, Chicago style politics being the most notable. Sad Jim very sad, time for you to come home.
    Character assination, new Democratic style,tear into your opponent with lies an inuendo, where are the Democrats I used to know???

  • jimhale Eugene, OR
    Sept. 26, 2012 11:54 a.m.

    The nation (maybe even the world - certainly the LDS world)....or at least the awake/alert portion thereof... will be watching (the election-night news coverage) to see the answer to George Will's recent question: Will Utah send their Love to Washington?

    Will voters in the most Republican state send a person of color to Congress? Or will the racist fraction of the Utah GOP abandon her - and lessen chances for a continued Republican majority in the House - by choosing to send another good old white boy back to vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker?

    It will be interesting to see what the Republicans / Mormons in Utah do on this one. Having participated in Utah politics up-close long ago, I'm hoping for Love, but expecting hate.

  • Jeromeo Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    It is not ironic that Mia Love has become a national poster child for the Republican party. It is ironic and sadly amusing that, in her widely broadcast campaign ad, she proclaims a stake to the "future of our children" while being surrounded by a throng of cookie cut-out white kids. Has she adopted her constituency so that her constituency will adopt her?

  • CabezaMan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    Maybe this is a good thing. Maybe this will help us conservatives take a more thoughtful approach to the immigration issue. By the way, the Republican Party is wrong on the immigration issue, and I am a Republican. The party has been seized by this ultra right wing faction that is now referred to as the "base." Although I agree with most issues, the party agenda has created a nightmare for rational governance, and made it darn near impossible for Mitt Romney to get elected. Immigration is a function of supply and demand. If there are jobs, they will come. There was a huge labor gap that began in the early 90s, which correlated with a huge illegal immigration wave. Our immigration laws need a drastic overhaul. We conservatives need to stop this "rule of law" divisive argument and understand how to make this issue work for us, and win over the huge and growing conservative Hispanic community. We're not going to deport 12 million people, so let's get real about making this work. Mia's story is inspiring, and I hope she wins. But I also hope we can get realistic and responsible about immigration.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    Orem, UT
    Mia Love is a legal citizen no matter what side of the story is told.
    What matters in this story is that Mia Love is a U.S. citizen…
    8:22 a.m. Sept. 26, 2012


    Irony of the Day –
    Mia Love is a Tea Party Darling.
    The Tea Party wants to repeal the 14th Amendment to the Constitution [you know, stripping away Mia Love’s U.S. citizenship.]

    Yes, can you say hypocrites…

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Sept. 26, 2012 10:25 a.m.

    Love last week: "One of the reasons you should elect me is this amazing personal story that has shaped who I am."

    Love today: "How dare you bring my personal story into this election, that's personal!"

    Tomorrow: "My parents came to this country..."

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    There is a big difference between what Mia Love is running for and what President Obama ran for. It is a requirement of the person running for Presidential office to be born in the United States of America or qualifying for that type of status, such as people born overseas while their parents are working for the United States of America.

    Congressmen and Congresswomen have a completely different role in our government. They don't control every aspect or potentially every aspect of our lives. They get elected by their district every two years, which is a very short and controlled environment with all 400 plus elected throughout the United States of America.

    The President is for the whole country and has almost absolute power as the Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief of the military stationed throughout the world.

    For the party that doesn't want to deal with the immigration issue, the Democrats and Jim Matheson have bowed to low levels of campaigning by bringing this issue up. Jim Matheson has stooped very low on this issue. He may not have written the article but isn't standing up for people that come from non-freedom countries

  • bullet56 Olympia, WA
    Sept. 26, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    It seems completely logical that Ms. Love's documents be under close scrutiny just the way our President has had his birth records looked at. It matters little who brought up the issue. When you throw our hat into the ring, you had better know where you came from, who you came from and how you really got where you are.

  • az roadrunner Apache Junction, AZ
    Sept. 26, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    Why did it take Mother Jones to report this? Weren't the reporters at, say, Deseret News, doing their job?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    What is a shame is that Congressman Matheson is not supporting her in this process but is on the defensive saying he had nothing to do with it.

    As a son of a very reputable and most respected Governor and statesman type father, he should be on the bandwagon to help her defend her name. He should not let the media control this lambasting that they are doing.

    What is ironic is that the Democrats want all those votes from the ethnic groups around the country and use this type of mechanism to gain votes. That shows you how low the liberals will go to throw mud on a person that has been successful in life.

    She is a public servant and has been a person that put her life in public view and has accepted that type of responsibility to help others at the sacrifice of a life that is more private.

    She was very poised yesterday as the local media kept on prying into her life and trying to open up more information so they could be the yellow press informants to the world.

    She did an outstanding job in displaying her qualities that will help Utahns forever

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 9:27 a.m.

    Yeah yeah yeah, blame the liberal media bla bla bla.

    Yet, when the GOP wants attention, they'll use that "same" media to spew their hate and zing their opponents. Now Mia is being called out and she blames the media? You can't have it both ways!

    The other thing, hypocrisy. Mia Love, you complain about the civility of the campaign and then you irresponsibly blame Matheson for the ad? Huh? If you want more civility then please, begin it yourself.

    Last thing, why is it that Mia Love is always pictured with a Romney picture, slogan, or logo? I thought she was her "own" person and not just a "party" person like the opponent she constantly attacks?

    I hope once Matheson wins again Love can go away from politics. She's truly not a breath of fresh air as she claims. She's just more of the same partisan politicians out there merely looking to win by smearing.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 26, 2012 8:42 a.m.

    "While it may be in question of how much the Matheson campaign is involved in the story, there is no doubt that liberals like Matheson want to sully Mia Love in any way they can."

    I am amazed comments like this can be made with a straight face. Have you not been around the last 3.5 years and seen the constant drone of questioning if Obama is an American or not, or if he is Christian or not?

    It takes some moxie to present this in a partisan tone, and make claims that this is typical "liberal" behavour. Does the term "birther" not resonate at any level?

  • Bill McGee Alpine, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    I was one of the people who was called for the "poll" that Mia refers to. It was one of the most biased, and frankly, offensive things I ever listened to, I actually challenged the person conducting the poll at one point, something I have never done, and he actually apologized and said that he was just hired to ask the questions. Mia's decision to cling to those ridiculous poll numbers anyway, that fly in the face of polls conducted by responsible professionals, combined with her insistence on continuing to tell what is now apparently a made up story concerning her parents' immigration, her factless, accusatory, knee-jerk reaction to questions about the facts of her story (questions she never answered, by the way), her policy to cut things like Pell Grants and students loans (things she personally used to get her own education), and cutting basic help for Utah's poor children (support she and her family relied on when she was a child herself), speak volumes about her personal integrity, and the kind of Representative she would be.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    Mia Love is a legal citizen no matter what side of the story is told. Questions about her citizenship are not being asked in this case, only the story of how she got here in the U.S. While it may be in question of how much the Matheson campaign is involved in the story, there is no doubt that liberals like Matheson want to sully Mia Love in any way they can. It is increasingly obvious that if they can't beat their opponents on the right with ideas, they have to resort to character assassination. What matters in this story is that Mia Love is a U.S. citizen and that she does not represent the ideas of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and the liberal wing of the Democratic Party as Matheson does.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 26, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    This was probably what she was told when she was growing up. Why make an issue of it? Nothing to see here. Move on.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 7:18 a.m.

    To TRUTH 7:05 p.m. Sept. 25, 2012

    There is no doubt in my mind that Jim Matheson orchestrated this story in mother's totally racist to boot!


    You want to play in the gutter? Okay -- I'll play your game.

    It is just as likely, if not more so, that this controversy was raised by Mia Love supporters who want to get sympathy for their candidate.

    BTW -- there is nothing racist about this issue. Anti-immigrant -- yes; racist -- no

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 7:15 a.m.

    To Whattheheck? 5:40 p.m. Sept. 25, 2012

    . . . BTW, is there a conservative Mother Jones out there?


    Yes there is. AM talk radio and FoxNews.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 7:14 a.m.

    macamus I Second your excellent comments.

  • Yeah but South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 7:13 a.m.

    @firstamendment: To love someone just because someone else hates them is not logical. You are supposed to love everyone - but not necessarily what they do. I don't know Ms. Love, but I am getting so tired of her ads that make it sound like Jim Matheson is the pentultimate democrat, and, therefore, in league with Satan, himself. I am also tired of the partisanship in this country on both sides of the aisle - politicos who don't care about the good of the country, and would sacrifice everything to gain or maintain the power. Although a registered republican, I consider myself an independent, voting for those whose stands align most closely with mine. Frankly, there are few republicans left who meet that test. Vitriol is now the norm. When I read this story, I was grateful that Ms. Love is not already a US Rep, because her knee-jerk reaction - to blame Matheson for pushing this story - is probably indicative of how she would behave in Congress, basing her decisions on fantasy and inuendo instead of facts and figures; protecting herself and her party before gathering the information needed to react appropriately. Mia, you have not earned my vote.

  • Ethel Home Town USA, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 7:10 a.m.

    jPRof, so your comments has an interesting twist. Having said that, so does that mean you are going to vote for Romney/Ryan given your criteria that a candidate must take responsibility for their OWN actions?

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    Re: "The Irony here is almost overwhelming."

    I agree -- leftists have become "birthers."

  • BobKjar Humble, TX
    Sept. 26, 2012 6:30 a.m.

    Mia Love is an American citizen and while Matheson and his PAC ally's, Mother Jones, want to dig up any dirt they can, it does not change that fact. My relatives in Utah are already starting to say, "I was for Matheson before I was against him," because of his and the efforts of the Democrat Party to demean Mia.

  • marcamus goochland, va
    Sept. 26, 2012 6:13 a.m.

    There is so much hypocrisy from both parties when it comes to immigration.

    The fact is she is a U.S. citizen from birth; however, her parents were not U.S. citizens and perhaps not even Permanent Residents at the time of her birth. There is a sizeable group on the far right wing who want to take away automatic birthright citizenship to those born without at least one U.S. citizen parent. Many within her own party would strenuously argue that she should not have obtained citizenship.

    Many of the posts here argue that the so called immigration sins of her parents should not be answered on her head. These are the same people who strenuously argue against the Dream Act.

    The truth is only true when it is convenient.

  • Penguin Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 26, 2012 6:13 a.m.

    So you're telling me that a politician might embellish a story for personal political gain? I find that hard to believe.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 26, 2012 5:31 a.m.

    Mia Love - born to parents in the country on tourist visa's to enable them to stay in the country by her own account, and a hero and patriot to the conservative right.

    Obama born to an American women in Hawaii - a muslim socialist non American to the conservative right.

    The Irony here is almost overwhelming.

    Does this mean conservatives will be backing off the :legal American rhetoric toward Obama or the many of their Utah neighbors who received legal status through their kids? Or is it if you vote Republican, its not an issue, but if you vote otherwise then your resident status and how it was obtained is an issue?

    Sept. 26, 2012 2:57 a.m.

    She was a citizen going to college, not here illegally. Their are Democrats and Republicans against people here illegally getting in state tuition. It's bait to lure more people to break the law.

    The article shows that liberal sites like Mother Jones are against illegal immigration. Why else would they make such a big deal out of it. The pro-illegal making an issue out of a "anchor" baby.

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    Sept. 26, 2012 1:09 a.m.

    Might just prove that whatever side of the aisle you're on, children do not make the decision, good, bad, or indifferent, for what their parents choose for them in where or how they grow up. Sometimes, even the parents get only the hand they are dealt, and, like card players, have to play the best game they can. So why, like her politics or not, blame Mia and her sibs for the way they did or didn't become citizens? Even if I lived there, there's little chance I'd vote for her. But I can't see what her birth situation has to do with the price of tea in China, do you? If it inspired her, or her constituency, fine. So do Bible stories, Aesop's fables, and Anderson's fairy tales. Now let's get on with the voting, like citizens of all parties should do.

  • firstamendment Lehi, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 12:47 a.m.

    I know many of the comments here and everywhere are by full time activists pushing a certain liberal agenda. I wonder why the liberal "Mother Jones" (the magazine that fired Michael Moore for being too honest : ) and is going after Mitt full throttle) would be taking such an interest in attacking Mia Love? Hmmmmmm? Is Mia that much of a force for good? The more liberals hate her, send racist threats, and twist, the more we love her!!!!!!

    Go Mia, help save America! And, shame on Matheson for lying about her.

    I don't care if she believed her parents, or only now looked into their story. My wife is an immigrant, and she doesn't know the details of laws or how her parents got here. I don't care if Mia's parents were illegal, legal, etc. She's a much better person than Matheson, and has done so much good for Saratoga Springs.
    All Mathson has done is make it easier for Obama to push his agenda.

    And who is looking at Matheson's ancestry, or even his honesty in his ads? IS there anywhere we can go where they examine liberal agendas with honesty?

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 12:46 a.m.

    This story is pointless and won't affect my vote at all. I'll still be voting for Matheson.

  • prelax Murray, UT
    Sept. 26, 2012 12:36 a.m.


    If she was an anchor baby she was a citizen going to college. She received in state tuition.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 11:01 p.m.

    If Mia truly was an anchor baby then she should have paid out of state tuition to attend college. Isn't that wwhat conservatives want. BTW does any anyone else see the hypocrisy of the Repubs here.

  • CheColBar San Diego, CA
    Sept. 25, 2012 10:57 p.m.

    Go Mayor Love, Go!
    We believe in you and your principles!
    Don't let the turkeys get you down!

  • prelax Murray, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 10:20 p.m.

    Hearing the liberal voters question someone over immigration stories is hilarious. How many sad immigration stories have I read with holes in them, including Obama that still has gaps in his history.

    She's not responsible how she came here. And as a citizen she doesn't need to return to Haiti to become legal.She was born here.

    Yet everyday we read stories about children brought here that never went home and come back legally. And most of the people who support Matheson defend them every day.

    This paints the Democrats in an entirely new color in regards to immigration.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 10:14 p.m.

    Immigrant stories are always so inspirational. Sometimes they are more than inspirational, particularly when the backstory becomes available. Although partisanship plays a significant role in how a particular story plays out in the media, one might assume that the "Coming to America" story is heartfelt.

    Coming from Haiti, Vietnam, or Cuba makes for a more powerful story in the minds of certain people than coming from Guatamala, Mexico, or Columbia. Ask Marco Rubio and the suggestion that his family "escaped" Castro's tyranny eeveral years before Castro actually came to power. It's still a great story, but not as originally intended to score political points.

    It would be interesting to learn these storys aside from the political ramifications. It would also be useful for current and future candidates not to use selective-memory in using politically-charged terms like "anchor baby" to demonize individuals when it is politically expedient to drum up opposition against one's opponent, particulary when there is such a fight over immigration as in today's election cycle.

    If anything, this only reaffirms the need for realistic, practical immigration reform and not the politically-driven nonsense that passes for partisan argument.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 9:39 p.m.

    Re: "Questions raised about Mia Love's immigrant parents story"

    What questions? Liberals aren't attacking its truthfulness. They're not attacking her character. They're not suggesting she's a member of some immigration ring or conspiracy. So what are the questions?

    Socialist Mother Jones magazine destroyed its own premise about her being an anchor baby, noting that no law permitting such a thing existed, either now or then.

    So what are the questions?

    There IS a certain delicious irony in this story -- the only question of any interest left appears to be whether she was born in the US or not.

    In other words, the left has apparently become a gaggle of racist "birthers."

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 9:07 p.m.

    Thanks, DN, for running this story.

    Mia's current account of her parents' coming to this country is different (and not as inspirational) as the one she told to Lee Benson in his Jan. 17, 2011, column. Don't believe me? Go back and check it out.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 8:42 p.m.

    Allen#2: My thoughts exactly! My similar post was denied.

    I guess I didn't state my point as eloquently as you did.

    Apparently it's OK to say that Matheson and Obama need a rest but not OK to say the same about Orrin Hatch. Go figure.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Sept. 25, 2012 8:28 p.m.

    @Truth: Good for you!

    @DN: My posts are not posted for using the word "crap." Now, I don't believe it's a vulgar word, but you need to be consistent with your denials!

    Sept. 25, 2012 8:28 p.m.

    firstamendment: "Matheson and Obama have been in long enough. They need a rest."

    How does Obama's 4 years compare to Orrin Hatch who has been a senator for 36 years and how does Obama's 4 years qualify for a posting about Mia Love?

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 8:27 p.m.

    I thought mia love was born in a log cabin she built herself and walked to school and back home...both ways uphill... barefoot.

    Just like all the other politicos?

    Did she embellish her $10.00 story?

    Who knows?

    Did she forget to mention her family possibly received some help from the federal government?

    Who knows?

    Would she be considered an anchor baby if she were born today?

    Who knows?

    It's that time of the election season when all sorts of Karl Rove type informational non-political super-pac tidbits are given to voters who are blessed with inquiring minds.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 25, 2012 8:20 p.m.

    so you believe it in your mind so it must be true. Sounds like goof reasoning.

  • Utah Dem Ogden, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 7:21 p.m.

    Just a question - how long can you be in the US on. Tourist visa?

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 7:05 p.m.

    There is no doubt in my mind that Jim Matheson orchestrated this story in mother's totally racist to boot!

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 6:49 p.m.

    fox news, Washington post, the drudge report, red state, town hall, newsmax, Rush Limbaugh, CNS, national review, etc etc.....

  • Pat Henry Holladay, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 6:29 p.m.

    The controversy over Mia's parents citizenship is as silly, unnecessary and objectionable as the brouhaha over Elizabeth Warren's right to claim Native American lineage.

    Warren's opponent in the Senate race Massachusetts is accusing her of being too white to be Amerindian. He needs to visit us out West and spend a little time on a reservation to appreciate the diversity of modern Native American's skin color.

    Whether it's stereotyping over "anchor babies" or on racial appearances, it is offensive and beneath us as Americans.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    Sept. 25, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    The issue is not the legality of her parents' immigration. That is a non-story as it relates to Ms. Love. The issue is her possible hypocrisy over illegal immigration. She derisively refers to children, American citizens, born to illegal immigrants as "anchor babies." She advocates leaving them here to be orphaned or to follow their parents back to a land that is not their home. She does this, while allegedly being one of these children herself.

    If she was a liberal democrat, she would be held up as a standard for those who are caught in this troublesome situation, proving that they can be and are good citizens. If she was a conservative republican that didn't demean these children, she would also be held up to that standard. The issue is she is allegedly hypocritical. Her party membership has nothing to do with that.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 5:57 p.m.


    "It's time for the media to get out of politics and return to reporting the news"

    do you understand why we have an independent media? learning a little history could really serve you well.

  • jimmy5804 Draper, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 5:48 p.m.

    Yeah, it's so rotten for liberals to raise questions about the birth circumstances of the other party's candidate. Republicans would never do that...

  • Whattheheck? Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 5:40 p.m.

    I, for one, have decided who I am voting for, and I'm not sure I can stand watching anymore TV, reading the news, etc with all this media CRAP for another 5 weeks. Seriously, I don't care where you buy your shirts or what happened with the immigration of a candidate's parents. Election time in America? IMO, it brings out the worst in candidates and media. It should NOT be that way. Let's vote the issues, if we can filter them out with all the distractions and detractors. BTW, is there a conservative Mother Jones out there?

  • prelax Murray, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    Is Mia responsible for her parents immigration?

    Obama can't remember if he was registered as a foreign student. He can't remember the exact story either.

  • my two cents worth Ridgefield, WA
    Sept. 25, 2012 4:57 p.m.


    "Hannity talked about how MSNBC etc turned off the cameras when she spoke at the RNC..."
    And Fox didn't put her on when she spoke either.

    Point lost.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 4:44 p.m.

    I think Ms. Love's story sounds suspicious!. We know what a fine congressamn Jim Matheson is, he has a track record to prove it. Ms. Love isn't showing the kind of leadership we need by the way she is spinning her story.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Sept. 25, 2012 4:00 p.m.

    When a story like this is against a republican candidate, apparently it's not newsworthy.

    When a story like this is against Obama, it is still believed almost four years later by those same people that deem it not newsworthy against their own.

    If people aren't laughing out loud at the irony and hypocracy of this, they have no sense of humor whatsoever.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    Most Truthful and Patriotic asks: Mia should be proud of her family's story.

    In fact, she should give lessons on how an entire family can survive on "$10 in their pocket" without having help from anyone.
    There's food.
    There's rent.
    There's transportation.

    How do you accomplish any of that, on only $10, after stepping foot in a foreign country?

    The answer, Oh Most Truthful One, was WELFARE. Have you heard of that? And somehow, for Mia and her family, it's okay. But for others it's terrible, terrible, terrible.

    How about changing your screen name to something like Most Hypocritic and Deceitful?

  • kishkumen American Fork, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    @Ett: It was the Deseret News who posted the story about Mia Love being a "miracle", and it is Mia Love who is hypocritically criticizing immigrants who are doing the same thing her parents did. Remember how Larry Craig fought gay rights so passionately. Mia Love is doing the same thing when it comes to immigration.

  • Ett Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 2:16 p.m.

    Mother Jones is typical of the moral relativism practiced by Liberals. They stamp their feet when anyone tries to stem the tide of illegal immigration, but when there's any doubt of a Republican candidate's immigration status, and they're on it, like dogs on a bone. It demonstrates how insincere they are about such issues, preferring to exploit them, when it's convenient.

  • SoCalChris Riverside, CA
    Sept. 25, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    I'm a Mia Love fan, and would vote for her if I could, but I wish had never opened the door on this issue by making a point of stating her parents came here legally. Big mistake. Hard work and self-reliance is fine to emphasize, but a back handed slap at illegal immigration doesn't gain her anything and may come back to haunt her.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 1:40 p.m.

    It's the "media's" job to be the public watch-dog.

    I know some news is slanted and biased, but I applaud the DN for at least publiching this story.

    [case in another point - Sentor Fiscal Responsibility Mike Lee's home foreclosure.]

    She and her parents also benefited from Affirmative Action and being part of that lazy 47% who leech off the Government - as Mitt calls them.

    Like other Tea-Party darlings -- Senator Fiscal Responsibile Mike Lee and his home foreclosure,
    Mia Love can dish it, but can't take it when calling their bluff.

    Columbia, MO
    Enough said... It's time for the media to get out of politics and return to reporting the news.

    12:51 p.m. Sept. 25, 2012


    i.e., Fox News?!
    Enough said....

  • firstamendment Lehi, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 1:37 p.m.

    Liberals are really trying to stop her. Hannity talked about how MSNBC etc turned off the cameras when she spoke at the RNC, and they have hacked her website, used racial slurs, and now are trying to dig up dirt on her family. I admire her strength and calm replies.

    Keeping her out of Congress must be really important to them. That might mean they're afraid she's doing something really good and might slow a certain agenda. So, the more they hate her, the more we love her!!!!! : )

    The people of S. Springs overwhelmingly supported her in the primaries. Matheson's ad's argue that we don't have to love her record, just because she has such an awesome persona. But the people I know love her because of her record, AND because she's such an amazing person.

    Matheson and Obama have been in long enough. They need a rest.

  • jprof Cedar City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    sls of Columbia, Mo., wrote, "It's time for the media to get out of politics and return to reporting the news." BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That may well be the funniest and most ridiculously ironic comment I've ever seen posted on this site.

  • jprof Cedar City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    I don't care how Mia's parents became citizens, and her supposed status as an "anchor baby" bothers me not at all. I am, however, mightily concerned about her conduct in this affair. First, she stretched the truth to make her story sound more inspirational to the voters. In this era of greater emphasis on fact-checking journalism, her story was checked out by a reputable -- though admittedly liberal -- magazine and found to be at least partially false. So how did she respond? By blaming Matheson instead of owning up to the fact that she stretched the truth. The second lie is an obvious attempt to cover the first. That's the behavior of a 5-year-old caught with her hand in the cookie jar. Is this the kind of person I want representing me in Congress? One who will say or do anything to keep from taking responsibility for her own actions? No, I don't think so. If this were my district, Mia would have just lost my vote. I'd be voting to re-elect Rep. Matheson.

  • Most Truthful and Patriotic Layton, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 1:21 p.m.

    Mia should be proud of her family's story.

    In fact, she should give lessons on how an entire family can survive on "$10 in their pocket" without having help from anyone.
    There's food.
    There's rent.
    There's transportation.

    How do you accomplish any of that, on only $10, after stepping foot in a foreign country?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 1:00 p.m.

    The other Salt Lake paper portrays Matheson as supporting this inquisition.
    Frankly, Deseret News should have left this story in the round file in the conference room.
    This is a non-story unless someone digs up the documents. It's merely conjecture, not news.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 25, 2012 12:57 p.m.

    ...Dirty politics goes both ways, both parties are guilty

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 25, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    The liberal media again? Funny, Ms. Love tries to use her "story" to her advantage in her campaign, but when somebody questions it that is wrong and they are part of the evil liberal media. But it is ok to have elected officials attempt to keep President Obama off the ballot, because he doesn't have live video of his birth with the name of the hospital and 400 witnesses to prove he was born in America. Sounds a little hypocritical to me.

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Sept. 25, 2012 12:51 p.m.

    Mother Jones is the same outfit that obtained and publicized the secret and edited video of Mitt Romney talking at a fund raiser about all the Americans who don't pay taxes. This outfit is out to crucify Republicans in this election. Enough said... It's time for the media to get out of politics and return to reporting the news.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    This is very amusing that media would go after this aspect of Love while there are many other obviously glaring holes in her political career that would be much better targets.

  • non believer PARK CITY, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    She is running for PUBLIC office, why should this be off limits? I am sure Mia is truthful in her statements, but that does not mean that her Parents were truthful with her.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    Whio cares about what these clowns think? If Mia Love was born in the states, she's a citizen. Doesn't matter to me what happened, or didn't happen to her parents. If they were originally legal great. IF they weren't legal, they apperantly became legal.

    Not influencing my vote at all.

  • robin212 richland, wa
    Sept. 25, 2012 12:43 p.m.

    I think it was rash to lay blame to the Matheson campaign without proof. Mia Love has garnered national attention, and has thus presented herself as a target for anti-republicans everywhere. Her story has gained so much attention that this sort of thing was only a matter of time. Am I suggesting that Matheson had nothing to do with it? I can't prove one way or the other, but I feel it is a mistake to rashly accuse without proof. It is understandable given the emotions that such accusations would arouse in Candidate Love. I really hate mudslinging in politics. It irreversibly hurts candidates, and can't be verified or debunked until the damage has been done.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 25, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    "If Mia was a liberal democrat her story would be heralded and held up as a shining example."


    If she were a liberal Democrat, it might be Jan Brewer or good old boy Sheriff Joe making an issue of it.

    As far as I'm concerned, it's a non-issue.

  • Independent Thinker West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    Ms. Love is the initiator of the story about her parents immigrating to the U.S. Why then should she object to checking out the validity of that story? After all, she wasn't even born at the time, so whatever story she portrays is a second-hand point of view. Facts, not spin, are what matter.

    She should welcome scrutiny as a means to verify her family story instead of deflecting questions and pointing fingers. Whatever the truth, I wish candidates would stop politicizing issues, and get down to the bottom line facts.

  • Richapotamusrex lehi, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    If Mia was a liberal democrat her story would be heralded and held up as a shining example. But she is a conservative Republican so she is torn apart by liberal organizations and the left leaning media.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 12:06 p.m.

    so the liberal media, Mother Earth, is alleging sins of the parents they can answer on the head of the child. sad the depths to which liberals will stoop to retain power.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 12:04 p.m.

    Did Mitt Romney counsel her on how to speak or run a campaign? The GOP is just pathetic with the ghosts in the closet and blaming others when the issues come up.