Lawmakers call on Attorney General to allow Border Agents to remain free on bond pending appeal
Congressman Ted Poe, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Congressman Walter Jones, Congressman Tom Tancredo, Congressman Duncan Hunter along with other co-signers announced their intent to send a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales asking him to allow convicted Border Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean free on bond pending the appeal of their convictions.
STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN POE:
The government chose sides in this issue and they chose the wrong side when they decided to prosecute these agents, said Congressman Poe.
The U.S. Attorney went to Mexico, found the drug dealer, took him to America, treated his bullet wounds, and then gave him immunity to testify against agents Compean and Ramos for their shooting him, the criminal.
Both border agents were convicted by an overzealous prosecutor that was looking for pelts in her belt. She appeared to have more loyalty to Mexico than to America because she was on the wrong side.
Both agents await sentencing. The two border agents should have been given medals and sent back down to the border to apprehend another drug dealer instead of being prosecuted.
This is yet another example of how our government is more concerned about illegals and drug dealers than they are about America and Americans.
Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean are currently scheduled to serve 11 and 12 year prison terms, respectively, this month. The case has garnered national attention because of the harsh prosecution and unjust conviction of the agents for shooting a fleeing illegal drug smuggler during analtercation after over 740 pounds (over $1 million street value) of marijuana was discovered in his van near the border.
January 10, 2007Letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales circulated for Members signatures by Congressman Ted Poes office requesting the Justice Department to direct the federal prosecutors to not oppose a motion filed in court to keep the agents free on bond during the appeals process. Several discrepancies in the governments case strongly question whether justice has been served and permitting these men to be incarcerated in the interim puts their lives at risk.
December 6, 2006Letter sent to President Bush requesting the sentences of Mr. Ramos and Mr. Compean be commuted
December 1, 2006Letter sent to House Judiciary CommitteeChairman Sensenbrenner requesting the House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee hold a hearing to examine the convictions of Border Agents Ramos and Compean
Congresssman Ted Poe (R-TX)
Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO)
Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC)
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
Convicted Border Agent Mr. Jose Compean and his wife Patty
Andy Ramirez, President of the Friends of the Border Patrol
T.J. Bonner, President of the National Border Patrol Council
Rich Pierce, Executive Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council