|July 12, 2007|
SENATE TO EXAMINE BORDER GUARDS’ CASE
Urge your Senators to Support a Presidential Pardon for Ramos and Compean!
In light of his recent commutation of Scooter Libby’s prison sentence, not to mention his pardoning of five drug dealers this past Christmas, President Bush certainly should have no objection to extending the same courtesy to U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. The timing couldn’t be more perfect for the U.S. Senate to hold a hearing to examine the events that led to the unjust prosecution of the two border guards and to recommend a presidential pardon.
Ramos and Compean, who are currently serving 11- and 12-year prison sentences, were guarding the Mexican border near El Paso, TX on February 17, 2005 when they intercepted a van carrying 743 pounds of marijuana and attempted to stop the illegal drug-smuggler from crossing the border. Although they successfully prevented the man from crossing into the U.S., they were convicted for allegedly shooting one bullet into the buttocks of the drug-smuggler and for failing to report the discharge of their firearms—acts which call only for an administrative reprimand!
Despite requests for a congressional pardon in H.R. 563, which currently has 100 cosponsors, and at least 160,000 petitions and 15,000 faxes from U.S. citizens to the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House, the Bush Administration continues to maintain that the border guards received a fair trial, even though the facts of the case all point to the contrary. To learn all the details surrounding this case, be sure to read Phyllis’ columns:
We Need Compassion for Our Border Guards
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