Almost as soon as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney uttered the term "self-deportation" during the first Florida debate last week, @DanielDPortado tweeted "I invented Self Deportation, please remember this on your way out."
Not long afterward, fans were circulating links to a hilarious 1996 This American Life segment in which the fictional "noted Hispanic self-deportationist" Daniel D. Portado (which sounds like deportado, Spanish for "deported") was interviewed by Ira Glass about his "self-deportation movement."
A week later, Mr. Portado has made the New York Times. His long-ago creators, Los Angeles cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz and Esteban Zul, gave birth to Daniel D. during the 1994 campaign for Proposition 187, a California measure supported by then-governor Pete Wilson that would have denied social services to undocumented immigrants. It was approved by voters, but eventually died in the courts. In the story Alcaraz, who is also behind the @MexicanMitt Romney Twitter parody, recalls how he posed as a real-life Portado during a television interview: