July 08, 2011

íViva Mexico!

That's what now-executed killer Humberto Leal shouted as he was injected with the lethal mix of drugs that would kill him.

Now, was this a deliberate play for the media, attorneys and politicians since there was a whole imbroglio over his citizenship leading up to his execution ... or was it an expression of his true nationalistic pride? Keep in mind that the guy has lived in the United States since he was a toddler. Check it:

Leal was just a toddler when he and his family moved to the U.S. from Monterrey, Mexico, but his citizenship became a key element of his attorneys' efforts to win a stay. They said police never told him following his arrest that he could seek legal assistance from the Mexican government under an international treaty.

Consider: As I noted here, Mexicans (and other foreign nationals) who've been here that long are considered "essentially Americans" because they're granted driver's licenses, in-state college tuition, and the like. In addition, we've seen how "progressives" and the Left have portrayed efforts like Arizona's in dealing with the huge influx of illegals, so just imagine the hassle the police that arrested Leal would have dealt with had they made an issue of determining his actual residency status. I can hear it now: "police state!" "Nazis!" "Papers please!" Etc.

All of which makes me salute the US Supreme Court 1) for initially saying "sorry" to our government because, since no legislation was passed by Congress to properly enact that appropriate international convention, it therefore didn't legally apply (which allowed Leal contact with a Mexican consulate), and 2) for refusing to stay Leal's execution last night on the basis of this still-unpassed legislation. (Congress had over two years to pass the damn law, after all.)

íViva El Tribunal Supremo de Los Estados Unidos!

Posted by Hube at July 8, 2011 10:58 AM | TrackBack

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