8.31.2007

Texas Gov. Perry Defends Immigrants and Stops a Wrongly Convicted Man from Being Executed

Two important markers were set in the last 24 hours by Texas' Governor Rick Perry:

1. Gov.Perry upheld the decision of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole Rules to grant clemency to death row inmate Kenneth Foster--a man about to be executed for a murder he didn't commit.

I'd like to see Gov. Perry lead an effort to re-evaluate Texas' penal code--which is clearly one of the most barbaric in the world.

2. Gov. Perry praised Mexican workers--including the undocumented, criticized the U.S. Congress for failing to pass immigration legislation and asked American politicians to cut the mean talk and grow up. And he said these things while abroad in Mexico!

In these two instances, Gov. Perry has exhibited greater leadership and vision than has been demonstrated by the Republicans currently on the national stage.

My bet is that these moves--especially his pro-immigrant stance--will actually be a huge political plus going forward.