If you plan on taking a trip overseas, you better be extra careful to the laws of the country you’re visiting. Because it’s more likely you’ll be in danger.
When Governor Rick Perry allowed a Mexican national to be executed, he violated a long-standing agreement between countries. In 1963, the Vienna Convention was signed by 171 nations and allowed a person who is not a citizen of the United States to be given the chance to seek assistance of his or her nation’s diplomats.
Humberto Leal Garcia was a Mexican national who has lived in the United States since before the age of two. In 1994, he kidnapped, raped and murdered a 16-year-old girl. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death by a Texas court.
Garcia’s guilt was not at issue, nor was the appropriateness of the death penalty in this case. The issue was whether Garcia had the legal right to seek council from the Mexican Consulate.
By denying the stay of execution, Governor Perry and the right-wing justices of the US Supreme Court has endangered Americans who are living or visiting oversees. Countries will be less likely to give those visiting overseas the chance to get help from the US consulate or embassy.
So, if you’re thinking about a trip to Europe, Latin America or Asia, be extra careful not to ruffle feathers with the natives!