Many of you have just spent two months collecting signatures on a petition to keep illegal aliens from getting in-state tuition—and were hammered daily in the media and elsewhere that the “kids” were brought here as 2 year olds and are for all intents and purposes Americans (entitled to taxpayer support)…..
But… when one of the “kids” (who came to America at two years of age) grows up rapes and murders someone and is sentenced to death, all of a sudden he is a citizen of Mexico and by executing him we have abridged his rights as a Mexican citizen!
Which is it?
Obama tries to halt a Texas execution today! From the Guardian:
The White House has asked the US supreme court to put the execution of Humberto Leal Garcia on hold while Congress passes a law that would prevent the convicted rapist and murderer from being put to death along with dozens of other foreign nationals who were denied proper access to diplomatic representation before trials for capital crimes.
Leal, 38, was convicted in 1994 of the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in San Antonio. Few question that he was responsible for the killing but the Texas authorities failed to tell Leal, who was born in Mexico and has lived in the US since the age of two, that under the Vienna convention he was entitled to contact the Mexican consulate when he was arrested.
Breach of international obligations, my foot!