Mitt Romney is Son of Welfare-Receiving, Mexican Immigrant, Mother Says The GOP presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan is fond of attacking 'social entitlements,' but their campaign has failed to mention that Mitt Romney's father George Romney was on "welfare relief" when he first arrived in the U.S., according to an interview with Romney's mother Lenore recorded in 1962. The family received $250, food, clothing, and other supplies from the U.S. government. The family later invested some of their money in the stock market and used that cash to send George Romney to college. Video: Mitt Romney is Son of Welfare-Receiving, Mexican Immigrant, Mother Says GEORGE ROMNEY: I've been poor. I worked from the time I was 12. My parents were driven out of old Mexico when i was only 5. My people were revolutionary refugees. They had to be fed by the United States government and housed by the United States government . I know what poverty is. I've been up through it. Daily Kos: George Romney on Welfare: More Evidence From George Romney Himself OOPS!