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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2007
CONTACT: Suzanne Bibby (202) 544-0353
EAGLE FORUM URGES PRESIDENT BUSH TO PARDON BORDER GUARDS
Washington, D.C.-Eagle Forum, a leading pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, urges President Bush to pardon convicted U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. 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. They attempted to stop the illegal drug-smuggler. 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.
"So much has come out since the Ramos and Compean trial which proves that the decision to criminally prosecute them was a gross miscarriage of justice," said Eagle Forum President and Founder, Phyllis Schlafly. "Their alleged violation, if true, deserved only an administrative reprimand!"
"Ramos and Compean did not get a fair trial," said Schlafly. "Not only have they been wrongly convicted, but they are being kept in solitary confinement instead of being allowed to go home while their appeals unfold. This is malicious and unworthy of the Bush Administration."
"The bottom line is that two of our border guards are in jail and a drug smuggler is running free!" said Schlafly. "The White House is sending the message that it is not serious about border security, especially when border guards are being jailed and illegal drug-smugglers are not."
President Bush cited the injustice of an excessive sentence when he commuted the sentence of Washington insider Scooter Libby," Schlafly said. "He should have no problem in extending the same courtesy to our brave border guards."