Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement regarding the attack on Agent Ignacio Ramos in federal prison:

The United States government continues to be on the wrong side of the border war. Not only did they choose to side with an illegal dope dealer in the prosecution of Border Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, but now they have failed to protect Agent Ramos while in prison awaiting his appeal. Members of Congress have been misled and stonewalled at every turn trying to get the facts in this case. As a result, this case continues to deteriorate the confidence the American people have in our federal government to secure our borders and protect its citizens. I encourage President Bush to expedite the pardon process and free these two men as soon as possible.

Congressman Poe has visited the Texas/Mexico Border numerous times and hosted meetings on behalf of the Texas Border Sheriffs in Washington, DC. Additionally, Congressman Poe is a leading advocate for border security and law enforcement, speaking out on the floor of the House of Representatives almost daily about the violence and lawlessness along our borders and the threat our nations border agents face daily.

A former criminal court judge for more than 22 years, Congressman Poe serves on the International Relations Committee, Terrorism and Non Proliferation Subcommittee and the Congressional Border Security Caucus. Website address: