Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comment about "self-deportation" during Monday's debate in Florida, referring to what others have long called "attrition through enforcement," has by now drawn an equal share of criticism and cracks.
The "Patriots for Self-Deportation" behind it advocate removing oneself to the land of one's ancestors, or as they put it, "the scene of the crime." From their press release, which quotes a spokesman named Stephen Winters:
"A surprising number of authentic patriots have found in their own genealogical searches that one or more of their ancestors came here or stayed here illegally, and yet continued to make a living in this country and have children who in turn became instant citizens," said Winters. "Some patriots, faced with this moral dilemma, have decided to set an example for others. Knowing that their own presence in this country is not on moral solid ground, they have decided to demonstrate the highest level of civic dedication and sacrifice, and engage in self-deportation."
The site even has a "How to Self Deport" section with a list of tips, which starts:
1. Get background info: http://www.ancestry.com/learn/contentcenters/contentCenter.aspx?page=court#probateTypes
2. Retrieve all your family member’s records: http://www.genealogy.com/47_neill_print.html
3. Or just use a service like this one: https://www.familysearch.org/
The next step is to decide where to deport to. Sometmes if your family immigrated Illegally to the United States of America long ago, it is hard to decide which country to return to. We suggest returning to the scene of the crime, or where your Illegal ancestor came from.
And unlike the comic self-deportation pioneer Daniel D. Portado, whose hilarious This American Life segment was resurrected on Twitter after the debate, you don't have to be Latino. On the site, would be "self-deporters" share their stories about plans to return to Poland and Sweden.
Ah, there's nothing like an election year for comedy.