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Illegals and Treaties

Recorded on July 6, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I’m Ernest Istook.


The Justice Department is trying to stop the execution of an illegal immigrant from Mexico, who has been in the US illegally since he was two.


Justice Department lawyers don’t deny that the man raped and killed a 16-year-old girl, but they say the Mexican consulate wasn’t notified when he was arrested. They say that violates an international treaty, but the Governor of Texas refuses to halt the execution.  The treaty is supposed to assure that Americans arrested overseas receive similar courtesy. 


But here’s part of the problem:  You can’t have it both ways. When someone is arrested, the police cannot comply with treaties requiring that the home country be notified, unless they’re free to ask about their nationality, which means checking whether they’re here illegally.


Those who break the law by coming here illegally should not receive special protections against being discovered.


From The Heritage Foundation, I’m Ernest Istook.