CHICAGO -- Native American author Sherman Alexie, "The Toughest Indian in the World," once dropped this bit of wisdom: "Don't live up to your stereotypes."
No one would accuse Manuel Guerra Casas of that. For years he has fought against anti-immigrant legislation such as Arizona's "papers please" law, and for the passing of the federal DREAM Act. Casas is, as the popular slogan goes, "undocumented and unafraid." But more than anything else, he's unsupportive of President Obama -- in fact, he's a vocal and active Mitt Romney fan.
"Some people call me crazy and, yes, it's hard to understand being undocumented and being for the candidate of self-deportation and no amnesty for immigrants -- he's pretty much against my dream," said Casas, a 28-year-old landscaper from Port St. Lucie, Fla. "But, yes, I am supporting Mitt Romney to become the next president of the United States even though he pretty much doesn't want me to contribute and serve this country."
Casas says that despite his immigration status, he shows up at Romney campaign rallies and community forums to advocate for the former Massachusetts governor.
"I see all my friends campaigning for Barack Obama, asking others to pledge their vote and I do the same -- I talk to my co-workers, I tell them about Obama," says Casas, who has been living in the United States for 12 years. "At first they don't agree but after I talk to them about the mass deportations, the Secure Communities program, about how he didn't even file an immigration bill in Congress, people start listening."
Lest you think I put out a call for the weirdest election season outlier, or responded to a pitch from an overzealous Romney campaign operative, I swear I simply had a jaw-dropping moment when I saw this tweet from Casas dance across my timeline last week: "Why do I get the feeling firstname.lastname@example.org.