Capital Hill Watch Alert
Congressional Pardon for Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean Act (HR 563)
US Representative of California Duncan Hunter has introduced legislation into the House of Representatives for a Congressional Pardon for Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean Act ( HR 563 ) [To view the full text of the legislation visit: Full Text of Legislation ]. The measure orders: (1) the criminal convictions and sentences of Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean vacated; and (2) the release of said agents from government custody. Prohibits any further criminal prosecution or other proceedings against said agents.
Inspector General Richard L. Skinner has "admitted under oath" his office gave false information to Congress "painting Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean as rogue cops who were not in fear for their lives and who were 'out to shoot Mexicans,' " said US Representative of Texas John Culberson on February 7, 2007.
The Washington Times on February 8, 2007, reported that Mr. Culberson called for Mr. Skinner's resignation because "he lied to us." Mr. Culberson said, "In my opinion, this false information was given to members of Congress to throw us off the scent and cover up what appears to be an unjust criminal prosecution of two U.S. law-enforcement officers whose job was protecting our country's borders from criminals and terrorists."
Also, although Ramos and Compean may not have followed proper procedure after the shooting, at most it "should have resulted in their suspension from the force, but not criminal prosecution," said US Representative of Texas John Culberson.
However, a WorldNetDaily report revealed that a Department of Homeland Security memo indicated the Border Patrol agent Jose Compean made a complete, in-person verbal report to his supervisor at the scene immediately following the shooting incident for which he and colleague Ignacio Ramos are now in prison.
Furthermore, to date the bill has 81 co-sponsors and not one is a Democrat representative.
Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean have been incarcerated unjustly and should have never faced criminal prosecution and should be freed immediately.
Additional Reading :
Report confirms agents' cover-up (A Department of Homeland Security investigation of the 2005 shooting of a drug-smuggling suspect by two US Border Patrol agents yesterday said the agents covered up the incident and tried to assault the alien.)
Imprisoned border agent did report shooting (DHS memo shows Compean spoke to supervisor immediately after incident.)
What Can You Do?
Urge your representative to SUPPORT the Congressional Pardon for Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean Act ( HR 563 ) . Furthermore, if your representative is a Democrat encourage them to support this legislation. Also, President George W. Bush should be contacted and urged to pardon Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean who have been unjustly incarcerated.
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