Rising GOP super star Mia Love catapulted to the national stage during this year’s Republican National Convention. In her speech, love touted her immigrant background and her parents’ ability to pull themselves up by their bootstraps after coming to America with $10 in their pockets.

Despite being a child of immigrants, Love has fallen in line with her party line and has taken a hard line against illegal immigration and so-called “anchor babies” born in the country to simply to gain citizenship. But a new article from political magazine Mother Jones has raised questions about Love’s background and asserts that she just might be an “anchor baby” herself.

Mother Jones reports:

Love doesn’t talk about this aspect of her family’s immigration story now that she’s running for Congress, but she once said in a little-noticed interview that her birth on US soil helped bring her siblings to America. In January 2011, Love told the Deseret News that her parents, Jean Maxime and Marie Bourdeau, came to New York in the 1970s, fleeing poverty and looking for a better life. Love said that her parents immigrated legally, but were forced to leave their two young children behind in Haiti because their visa didn’t allow them to bring the kids. But, writes the Deseret News:

There was an immigration law in place, however, that would grant the entire family citizenship if Jean Maxine and Mary had a baby in America.

But there was a deadline. 

The law was set to expire on Jan. 1, 1976.

On Dec. 6, 1975, with 25 days to spare, Mia was born in a Brooklyn hospital.

In no time, her older brother and sister were sent for in Haiti and the family was re-united.

Says Mia: “My parents have always told me I was a miracle and our family’s ticket to America.”

It’s an uplifting story, but there’s one problem with this account. According to immigration lawyers and US immigration officials, there doesn’t appear to have been a law of the kind described in the article that would have conferred citizenship on Love’s parents, let alone her siblings, by simply having a baby in the United States. Though American immigration law did change in 1976, it merely limited the number of immigrants from the Western Hemisphere who could obtain permanent visas. According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the law since at least 1924 has barred minor children from petitioning for permanent residence status on their parents’ behalf. Love’s birth in the US couldn’t have helped to reunite her family in America, say immigration lawyers contacted by Mother Jones. And, they add, if the Bourdeaus were in the US legally on a permanent visa, they would have been able to bring the kids, according to the law at the time.

Though Love has gone on record against many of the programs that help many, including immigrants get on their feet in this country (i.e. school lunch programs and funding for special education programs), using her parents’ “bootstraps” experience as the ultimate example of making it on your own has made Love a favorite Republicans.

Faced with this new information about her background, Mia Love has declined to comment or elaborate further about her parents’ move to the U.S. And despite being heavily backed by Republicans, both in and out of her state, Love is trailing her Democratic rival by double-digit numbers.

Does Love’s background matter?

  • Mrs. Jones

    Mia Love isn’t her real name(she changed her name to sound Americanized),she isn’t from Utah(she’s actually from Brooklyn),so yes she did lie about her background. Did I mention,she’s also married to a white man.

  • Laugh

    Dumb ass.

  • Laugh

    I don’t think being married to a white man matters. What upsets me is how she knocks people for trying to come up the same way she did! Then her life story is full of holes. She needs to take a seat.

  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val

    I don’t know about her immigration story but I darn sure don’t believe that her whole family came here with just $10. I know that’s a lie. Who goes on a trip to another city much less another country with just $10. No one.

  • Anthony

    She sounds like every other Republican who claims tohave made it on her own only to have the true story eventually come out. It must be pitiful to be a conservative Republican and find herself trailing in Utah, I guess she got the bum’s job of running in the only safe Democratic district in that state!

  • http://mommaused2say.wordpress.com mommaused2say

    Don’t bite the hand that feeds you! You are against what gave your family a leg up? SMH

  • Rue

    Thank You> . PLEASE, stop with all the i-came-to-america-with-absolutely-nothing-look-at-me-now-eff-all-these-less fortunate-people-usa-usa. Take it from me, it aint that easy.As for the european immigrants who say: “Wecame here with nothing and made a fortune, but we did it legall y’all” STFU!! It’s as if they did’nt know how many came over as stowaways, a la illegal immigrants.

  • African Mami

    It sounds to me her siblings immigrated here, ILLEGALLY, and of course with the many loopholes in the system were able to change their status to legal immigrants. Kettle calling pot black. Please, NEXT!

  • Mar

    The doors of the church are open. Didn’t believe that for a hot second

  • African Mami

    girl, it’s a LIE! $10 for an immigrant family is NOTHING!! I do not care how poor they were, BUT what I do know is, that’s a gotdarn lie! NOT unless, they were being hosted by another family! That, I can buy-maybe!

  • Rue

    Stop. Just stop. because you don’t like her or her policies does not make her dumb, and does not mean she should be discredited. while I don’t like like anything she says politically, she is still a black woman who is fighting against the odds and i respect her for that. A part of me actuallly wants her to win: a black woman republican in the hallowed halls of congress is long overdue. She has the right to choose, let her exercise it.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    oh yes it does…..being married to a white man is a sure sign that she is fleeing her blackness

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    republicans are poisoning the entire country.
    we don’t need another.

  • African Mami

    LMAO@ j-philly!!

    I’m going to marry a white boi just to piss you off!

  • Laugh

    Considering that she’s against exactly what helped her own family succeed and is so fake that she will gladly be the token fool for the Rethugs no matter how many stories she has to tell. My opinion stands she’s a…….dumb ass.

  • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val


    ‘All your skinfolk ain’t your kinfolk.’

  • LaNubiana

    A black republican always sounds like an oxymoron to me. Just saying!

  • http://gravatar.com/shumlai shumlai

    She’s a pickaninny,and if she chooses to suck on the pink finger let her.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    just drop the ‘oxy’………

  • Rue

    Wow, Well I’m sorry…yes tie yourselves to the oh so marvelous democratic party…its all well and stuff. By the way, do you see how hispanics are being courted and treated like their vote matters in the election, with everybody and their mother running to univision and waxing on immigration? I wonder why no one ever does that to the black community? Hmm…
    I’m in no way saying that the Republican Party is grat and is the party for the enlightened folk, but, as i said before: Exercising your political options does not make anyone a dumbass and she should not be called that unless she reaches Dubya’s level of stupidity or something.
    And as for the all my skinfolk aint my kinfolk, if Mia Love were to say so about “hood” people then the yell is “sell-out” who married a white boy. Think about that.

  • http://gravatar.com/clnmike Tonton Michel

    And the Republicans wonder why they cant make in roads with blacks, even the black Republicans are full of it. If they want to make waves with blacks there going to have to find a black to the bone Republican who is just as likely to tell them to go to hell as they would a Democrat.

  • Chillyroad


    Dont hate the player, hate the game. Hispanics are doing exactly what they should be doing considering their numbers. Both parties will try to court them because they need the votes. Watch those so-called moderate Republicans begin to give concessions on immigration especially in states that have large Mexicans and Central America populations.

    Considering our stagnant numbers in America, blacks need to be swing voters. Running en masse to the Republican party would put us in the same position.

    Lastly, judge her on her politics not her skin color combined with her gender.

  • http://gravatar.com/rastaman1967 Rastaman

    A Republican caught lying, stop the presses!!

  • Chillyroad


    It is a crock of bull. What business does America have bringing in people who could potentially drain the social system with only $10.00 to their name? And if its true that her family came to America with only $10.00 she was assisted by government social programs or even private charities. Now if she is arguing that social programs should be replaced by private charitable organizations like the multi-billion Catholic Church Inc. & Ltd. than thats a different story.

    Christian churches of varying stripes probably own most of the land in Haiti today.

  • Chillyroad


    LOL, you need to play nice.

  • Chillyroad


    I think blacks should be swing voters. If we can decide elections with strategic voting, we can be quite influential.

  • Rue

    @Chilly Road

    I agree with what you’re saying except that I am not advocating for black to run to the Rs. I tend to liberal in my views and don’t see myself voting for Romney or his cohorts anytime soon. I just hat to see that at election time Black support Democrats with 90%, 85% of the black vote. Do you really think someone like Pelosi makes my life easier because she ticks the D on her voter registration?What annoyed me is the calling of the woman a dumbass becaus she is not withyour particular political views. I don’t agree with her and that’s fine, but that doesn’t make her an idiot.

  • Nestafan2

    And there is no way they could have survived in New York with just $10.

  • Chillyroad

    Maybe in 1910.

  • libpatriot

    Mia Love’s family came from a majority culture and joined another majority culture. This is the same path Africans, Asians and everyone else will take. The only people in this country who cannot take this path are African Americans. This is the difference between blacks the world over and African Americans. These folks are use to setting national standards. Our community does not have this option.

  • Rue

    I think i read somewhere that immigrants were required to prove that they were not sick and that they had some money, I dont remember if it was around $200 in the early 1900s, so i’m not too sure either, or maybe my brain is goners.

  • http://fromthoughtsintowords.blogspot.com/ rkahendi

    Good point. This particular woman annoys me because of the way she talks about the Congressional Black Caucus. It’s foolishness: benefiting from the actions of those who came before her but thinking she did it all on her own.

  • http://fromthoughtsintowords.blogspot.com/ rkahendi

    There is some truth to your statement. People do tend to gravitate towards cultures that parallel their own. One who grew up middle-class and part of the majority in one country is likely to gravitate towards a similar group in another country. But not always.

    I also think you’ve forgotten Native Americans who identify as such. They are not part of majority culture in the U.S. In fact, they are so often forgotten, it’s as if they are invisible.

  • cupcakes and shiraz

    Word. I don’t like illegal immigration either, but Mia Love is a hypocrite and her parents are part of the problem.

  • Bk_betty

    What’s the difference between Mia Love being anti-immigrant, even though she knows how racist and inhumane the immigration process can be, and someone like Clarence Thomas being anti-Affirmative Action after being the beneficiary of so many Affirmative Action policies? They are both trying to gain favor within a racist power structure by shutting doors behind themselves. As long as these are the types of Black Republicans the GOP chooses to put out front, the Dems have NOTHING to worry about when it comes to Black voters.

  • African Mami

    oh, no I like all KINDS of immigrants. Illegal, Legal, half legal. God taught me to love everybody!

  • Apple

    Oh my god I just laughed so low I hope the neighbors didn’t hear

  • JC

    Wait, isn’t that a double standard? That’s not fair to James. For the sake of consistency, in this blog, don’t plenty of people argue that a black man that married a white women hates himself, his mother, and Jesus?

    If you replaced the genders in Jame’s comment, he wouldn’t be writing anything that hasn’t been written here a million times?

    Regardless, I don’t really care about dating patterns, I just want us to be consistent.

  • cupcakes and shiraz

    That’s cool. I don’t have a problem with highly-skilled immigrants and those who did it the right way. They contribute to the US economy and are productive members of society.

    However, I don’t support the influx of unskilled folks coming here illegally. Especially if they’re so dirt poor that they expect to raise their kids using social services. America is just not in the shape to be taking care of everyone else when our country is not at its best.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Exactly! Personally I’ am not surprised about claims stating she’s lying about her past, her story always seemed off and fishy to me…

  • GeekMommaRants

    Christian church? Catholic Church? Ms. Love is a Mormon. They provide support for their own, ONLY!!!

  • GeekMommaRants

    It would require mutual trust for a swing strategy to work. The GOP will happily take our votes, say what we want to hear and move on. We need what gays financial power, serious grass roots organization and a “how dare you” attitude.

  • Joe

    Not sure what you mean. Is it because she married a white person? Do you feel the same way about Obama?

    My Black family members will be voting for Mia, and anyone else who helps stop the administration from pushing our Country down the drain, even more than Bush did.

    Mother Jones is the same liberal mag. that fired Michael Moore for being too honest : ) and sent that edited Mitt “secret video” out to the liberal media just when America was opening her eyes (accusing Mitt of saying he didn’t care, because he admitted those not voting for him probably weren’t concerned about the jobs he’d create and taxes he’d lower etc, that’s probably true, the agenda is more important for some), and distracting us from 911 2012, while the “administration” again lied to us about the known terrorist attacks that they did nothing to prevent).
    And now they are going after Mia. We have to wonder why Mother Jones thinks she is so important? Could she be a powerful force for good? Could she help stop the agenda that would destroy traditional families, freedom of religion, neutral and free press, and our economy? These are the four most important vertebrae in the backbone of any Nation. : )

    I don’t care if Mia 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 Democrat Matheson, and she has done so much good for Saratoga Springs. And will do more good for our Country than Obama has. I was excited when Obama won, but he has done little for us, and he has let homosexuals control him. He said he wouldn’t take a dime from Special Interests, and he is following the money coming from the most powerful and most racist special interest group in America.

  • Jess

    well, i think her family could hvce come that broke i.e. with only $10 bucks. Isn’t she Haitian? Many came over on boats to Florida with absolutely nothing but the clothes on their backs, so i think that part was true. Other immigrants, like indians and Africans have to take airplanes over here so they definitely have money – but for many Haitains, not so much.

    But other than that, yeah, I think she’s a phony and kiss ass ad whitewashed (and that opinion has nothing to do with her husand).

  • paul


    It would require mutual trust for a swing strategy to work. The GOP will happily take our votes, say what we want to hear and move on.


    no different to what the Dems have done.

    Unless someone can tell me what measures Obama has undertaken to address the specific concerns of African Americans.

    If I’m not mistaken, Chicago school teachers have Obama pinned down over his backdoor attempts to privatize the Chicago public system. A welcome sign that some black people know who Obama is, and are not drinking the Obama kool aid.

    Good for them – we’ve finally found intelligent black life in america.

    “We need . . . . . . serious grass roots organization” . . . .

    Absolutely, I’d direct the greater part of my political energies to this ^^ strategy. As long as it’s not done just to get Obama re-elected.

    Another point – I’m impressed that people can see bootstraps rags to riches tales for what they are -

    fodder to feed the myth of meritocracy propaganda, put out to justify inequality.

  • paul

    Addressing the question of the article

    Does Love’s background matter?

    No. It’s probably too late to use her lies about her past against her.

    Her current ability to influence large swathes of the populations from her corporate sponsored political platform matters far more –

    same goes for Obama.

    They should both have that platform taken away.

    You can make that happen by joining the campaign to end corporate “personhood” which gives corporations the !st amendment right to free speech, allowing corporations to influence elections through political “contributions”.

    That’s the reason ya got a choice between Romney the Wolf and Obama the um


    One more thing

    even if you think you’ve done well under corporate rule, (as one of its high paid attendants) you should know that the wealth gap is also widening between YOU and the super rich.

    You’re in the 99% with the rest of us.

  • kc

    I love when these self-hating black people have to eat crow. She better take a *huge* bite!

  • Misty_Moonsilver

    Wow…..people will always find something to hate or dislike. No her background doesn’t matter.
    I still love Mia! I hope she continues to move in up politics!

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