Mexico was outraged when the state of Texas executed Humberto Leal Garcia last week for the rape and murder of a 16-year old girl.
Garcia, who was was born in Mexico, was brought to this country illegally at the age of two, and had lived here ever since. Mexico and the Obama administration argued that, as a Mexican national, Garcia’s rights were violated because he was not advised of his right to contact the Mexican consulate after his arrest.
Garcia’s supporters argued that if he had been allowed to talk with Mexican officials, they would have provided him with legal representation, and he might not have received the death penalty. The Obama administration, in trying to pressure Texas to halt the execution, said that the violation of a foreign national’s rights held “serious repercussions” for America’s relationship with other countries.
Okay, let me get this straight. This is the same crowd that argues that if an illegal alien breaks the law and brings their kid to this country, where they are educated in schools supported by American taxpayers, that child should be entitled to a college education and U.S. citizenship when they grow up.
However, if that same kid grows up and commits a crime and faces the death penalty, suddenly they are Mexican citizens, and that country wants them to receive the protections granted to foreigners under international law. How does that work out?
I’ve got an idea – if Mexico is so concerned about the rights of their “citizens,” the next time one of them gets into trouble in this country and Mexico objects to our form of punishment, we’ll send him back. But, if they want that “citizen” back, we get to send them all back with him! That’s fair, isn’t it?
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