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07-12-2007 -  Border Patrol Agents Jailed: Ramos & Compean

If you have not heard about this issue, then Google Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean
There are others:

  • RELEASED - AFTER SERVING TIME:  Gary Brugman (more links on Google) who was the First of Sutton's Border Patrol Agent jailing campaign.
  • RELEASED - AFTER SERVING TIME:  Guillermo F. Hernandez, better known as Gilmer Hernandez,  (see these links on Google) is a former Sheriff’s Deputy of Edwards County, Texas from Rocksprings, Texas who was convicted on a charge of violation of civil rights of an illegal alien.
  • Border Patrol Agent Noe Aleman sentenced to to Jail while trying to adopt his nieces from Mexico.  See PDF Version of article.

WHEN IS THIS INSANITY GOING TO END?

      The Tee Shirt:  National Radio talk Show host, Glenn Beck is running a fund raising campaign to help Ramos and Compean with their defense fund.  All of Glenn's proceeds from the sale of this Tee Shirt will be donated to a legal defense fund for Agents Ramos and Compean.  Please go to GlennBeck.com and click the merchandise section to the tee shirts.  I already ordered mine. 

    Here is a basic summary, On February 17, 2005, Ramos and Compean were patrolling the border town of Fabens, Texas, when an illegal alien and drug smuggler, attempted to smuggle 743 pounds of marijuana into the United States in his van. Agent Compean chased Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila by vehicle and on foot, ordering him to stop. Compean says Aldrete-Davila ignored him, pushed him down, and assaulted him, whereupon the agent called for backup, drawing seven additional units, including Ramos. When he arrived on the scene, he heard gunfire, saw Compean bleeding on the ground, and the fugitive – still refusing to stop as commanded – stealing furtive glances over his shoulder while holding something shiny he believed to be a handgun. Both state they felt threatened, and both fired rounds in the alien’s direction, Ramos striking him in the buttocks. The alien got away, but the two men had jeopardized their own well-being to keep his noxious contraband off our streets.
    Returning to Mexico, Aldrete-Davila related his misfortunes to his mother, who contacted the mother-in-law of Border Patrol agent Rene Sanchez. Sanchez in turn tipped off a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who went to Mexico to offer immunity if Osbaldo would act as a state’s witness against Ramos and Compean: the feds wanted to prosecute the agents shooting the alien narcotics supplier.  CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THE ARTICLE.

 

Write to Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean:

  • Ignacio Ramos #58079-180
    FCI Phoenix
    Federal Correctional Institution
    37910 N. 45th Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85086
     

  • Jose Compean #58080180
    FCI Elkton
    PO Box 10
    Lisbon, OH 44432
     


 

Joe Loya, Father In-Law of Agent Ramos Wrongfully Convicted
Senate Judiciary Hearing this coming Tuesday (07-17-2007): To hold hearings to examine the prosecution of  Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.10 a.m. Texas Senator, John Cornyn, asked for this committee hearing.
     Call (and Fax) these Senators - Stand up for these border patrolmen and don't forget to tell John Cornyn thanks for being instrumental in getting this committee to convene. Capitol Switchboard: 1-866-340-9281 -
     The hearing will be aired on CSPAN on Tuesday (07-17-2007). Here are the DC Telephone numbers (and fax numbers that I could find) of the Senators on the committee:
COMMITTEE MEMBER DC OFFICE DC FAX
Leahy, Patrick J. (VT) , Chairman 202-224-4242  
Specter, Arlen (PA), President 202-224-4254  
Biden, Joseph R. (DE) 202-224-5042 202-224-0139
Brownback, Sam (KS) 202-224-6521 202-228-1265
Cardin, Benjamin L. (MD) 202-224-4524 202-224-1651
Coburn, Tom (OK) 202-224-5754 202-224-6008
Cornyn, John (TX) 202-224-2934 202-228-2856
Durbin, Richard (IL) 202-224-2152 202-228-0400
Feinstein, Dianne (CA) 202-224-3841 202-228-3954
Feingold, Russell D. (WI) 202-224-5323 202-224-2725
Graham, Lindsey (SC) 202-224-5972  
Grassley, Chuck (IA) 202-224-3744  
Hatch, Orrin G. (UT) 202-224-5251 202-224-6331
Kennedy, Edward M. (MA) 202-224-4543 202-224-2417
Kohl, Herb (WI) 202-224-5653 202-224-9787
Kyl, Jon (AZ) 202-224-4521 202-224-2207
Sessions, Jeff (AL) 202-224-4124 202-224-3149
Schumer, Charles E. (NY) 202-224-6542 202-228-3027
Whitehouse, Sheldon (RI) 202-224-2921 202-228-6362

07-17-2007 - Border Agents Hearing.

CORNYN STATEMENT ON TODAY’S BORDER PATROL AGENT PROSECUTION HEARING.

Texas Senator John Cornyn made a statement on Today's Border Patrol Agent Prosecution hearing.  The Click here for the Article...

The following information was forwarded to me but it is some information about the subject:

     I am listening to Dan Patrick on KVCE 1160 AM [Dallas, TX]. One of Dan's talk show employees, Edd Hendee, attended the judiciary hearings about Ramos and Compean. According to Mr. Hendee, Senator Cornyn was a major disappointment when it came to questioning Johnny Sutton. Hendee said Cornyn gave a very weak performance today. He never really asked tough questions at all. Surprisingly, according to Mr. Hendee, Senator Feinstein was the one who repeatedly drug Johnny Sutton over the coals in today's hearing. Apparently, unlike Cornyn, she would not allow Sutton to give vague, ambiguous answers.
     You can hear more of what Mr. Hendee had to say about today's Senate Judiciary committee hearing about Ramos and Compean by listening to KVCE 1160 AM on Wednesday morning from 6 AM to 9 AM. I for sure will be listening. I have had my doubts about Cornyn and Hutchison for a long time. Cornyn and Sutton have apparently had a very close relationship for a long time (according to Edd Hendee) so maybe that explains todays disappointing showing by Cornyn. So, if you want the inside scoop about what took place today then listen to KVCE 1160 AM from 6 AM till 9 AM on Wednesday morning.


07-18-2007

On the immigration front, border agents Compean and Ramos still have not been pardoned by President Bush... Congressmen Duncan Hunter testified before Congress about this issue yesterday, and he came on the Glenn Beck Radio Show today to rally support for the extra-harshly sentenced border agents. (Or a printed PDF version of the Transcript).


07-29-2007 - Wearing the T-Shirt
     I received my T-Shirt and wore it today.  I bought it to support the Border Patrol as well as help in the fund raiser to help in the defense fund of these jailed agents.  People wear T-Shirts with all types of Slogans or promotions: FBI, Fire Departments, Police Departments, Marines, Support the Troops, sports teams, etc...

     What I am about to tell you is absolutely true and quite a shock to me.  This morning about 7:20 AM I went into the Jack In The Box in Corinth,  TX (at the Swisher Road Exit).  I walked in and the lady at the front saw my shirt and walked away from the counter and went into the back and talked to the people in the kitchen.  Then they walked into the back office.  There was one older Anglo looking teen at the drive thru.  He looked back at me and continues with the customer he was helping.  I figured he had a station and needed to work it.  I waited for about 20 to 30 seconds and another Anglo looking teen or young adult came to the front and asked for my order.  It is early in the morning for me and I did not really realize what was going on.  I was in a hurry and I gave him my order.  He reads my shirt and says in what I interpret as a friendly voice and a smile, "wow, I would be careful wearing a shirt like that around these parts."  And I said, "Really?  This t-shirt?  I support the Border Patrol and I have a collection of fire department t-shirts too."  He smiled and stated, "yeah, I guess so." and just shrugged.  Now at this time I probably should have just walked out with my money.  Nothing else happened at this place except that the guy taking my order had to cook my order also.  It was only the two guys in viewable sight for the next 10 minutes.  The longest I have ever waited to get an order.  Maybe Jack in the Box needs to use E-Verify to avoid hiring illegal aliens. 
But wait there is more.......

     I get to my destination where there are mostly older Anglo Americans and I got some stares but a few positive comments.  Nothing negative.  
But wait there is more.......

     After the event we stopped by a Love's Travel Stop with a Subway in it.  We ordered lunch and sat to eat.  I noticed a few, ummmm, shall I say it, Hispanic looking people.  Since I am a lighter Hispanic person, I want to clarify that I really noticed darker Hispanic people deeply eye-balling the logo on my t-shirt.  A nudge and pointing with their lips in my direction. (It is true that we Hispanics seem to point with our lips - I think it is a cultural thing).  I thought I was just being paranoid and was not going to bring attention to this but the person I was having lunch with mentioned it happening all the time we were there.  He is buying a shirt. 
But wait there is more...

     On my 45 minute drive home, it was raining and in front of me was an accident on the highway.  I pulled off to the side of the road, grabbed my first aid bag and went to offer assistance.  A guy with a Sheriff department T-shirt stopped.  He seemed like an off duty deputy sheriff.  He had a red light on his dash.  No one was hurt as far as I could tell.  The accident was between a green car with a young adult female and a really nice dark blue truck with two Hispanic males.  She stated that she was not hurt.  Then I asked the two Hispanic males if they were OK and they did not speak to me BUT they were just staring at my shirt, so I also asked in Spanish, "Estan bien?".  They communicated in the affirmative with head nodding and gave the OK sign.  I do not think they wanted anything to do with me.  The Fire department was nearly there so I asked the off duty sheriff guy if he needed anything from me and he stated that he had it.  I got in my car and got out of the way so the Fire Department could get there when they arrived.

     All this from wearing a t-shirt.  Go figure.  And yes, I will wear the shirt again.  It's not offensive.  I will continue to show my support for the border patrol.

HERE ARE A FEW READER COMMENTS THAT I HAD TO SHARE:

  • This is great. I am passing this on in hopes more people will order this
    shirt and wear it. I can't wait to get mine. - Delores H
  • I'll say you had an experience! Maybe you ought to turn in that Jack in the Box to ICE...evidently the lady up front was illegal or so it sounds like it to me. If she wasn't then why did the Anglo teen come out to help you? - Jean T
  • Convinced me to buy the shirt. -Karl K
  • I ordered mine and can't wait to get it. - Lee H
  • Did they spit in your meal? - Larry
  • We should make E-Verify T-Shirts too!

12-03-2008:  No pardon yet?  No pardon yet for the two border patrol agents - Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.  It is sad but these two agents are still in prison. Such an injustice. What's worse is that President Bush has pardoned over 170 people as of this date (as mentioned in this article).  Some of these pardons are drug dealers, bank robbers, etc...  Though I do not think wikipedia is the most reliable source, there is a good list here.  The following is from an email:

 

Pardon the Border Guards
It's Time to Pardon the Border Guards, Mr. President. Take Action!
Tell President Bush and the U.S. Pardon Attorney why you expect Ramos & Compean to be pardoned!

December 2, 2008
The end of President Bush's final term is quickly approaching. Less than two months remain until he will hand over his White House keys to Barack Obama, but we cannot let him leave office without resolving one very important issue: he must commute the prison sentences of convicted U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean!

Not only do we now know that the agents did not get a fair trial and that the prosecution's case was based on the word and testimony of an illegal drug smuggler, but the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld their mandatory minimum 10-year prison sentences for "discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence." This law, Section 924(c) of the U.S. Code, has always been interpreted to apply to criminals, not law enforcement officers engaged in their official duties. Every U.S. citizen has the right to self defense, especially those serving in harm's way.

The severity of these charges and the harshness of the punishment are totally disproportionate to the violation in question. Even the illegal drug smuggler, Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, was sentenced to less prison time than our fellow American border guards! Most recently, on November 14, 2008, U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, whose office prosecuted the border guards, stated "I have always said that the punishment in this case was harsh."

Although the families of agents Ramos and Compean plan to appeal their cases to the U.S. Supreme Court, there is no guarantee that the High Court will agree to hear it. There is the possibility that the Fifth Circuit may rehear the case in front of all 17 judges at a later date, but the fastest and most effective way to free the border guards would be with a presidential pardon or a commutation of their prison sentences to time served.
It has been said that a pardon or commutation will not be considered until all legal avenues have been exhausted, but the President has the presidential prerogative, as granted to him in Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, to pardon or commute the sentences of any convicted person for any reason or for no reason. The time to act is now!

1) Please begin to flood the White House phone lines with calls asking President George W. Bush to pardon or commute the prison sentences of Ramos and Compean before he leaves office.
White House Opinion Line: 1 (800) 671-7887 toll-free (202) 456-6213
2) Call and mail letters to the United States Pardon Attorney explaining why the border guards deserve to have their prison sentences commuted! All requests for executive clemency for federal offenses are directed to the Pardon Attorney for investigation and review. It is important that you make the Pardon Attorney aware that the border guards have the full support of the American people.

Mail letters to: Mr. Ronald L. Rodgers
Office of the Pardon Attorney
1425 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 11000
Washington, D.C. 20530
Call: (202) 616-6070


Get your calls and letters in today! Ramos and Compean are counting on YOU!


12-04-2008 - Ramos and Compean Families
 In his last days in office President Bush has pardoned drug dealers and removed felony convictions from some records. He has even pardoned a turkey, while two U.S. Border Patrol Agents have spent the last two years in prison. Please write or e-mail President Bush and ask him to pardon Ramos and Compean.
 

THE  RAMOS AND COMPEAN FAMILIES

PHOTO of Ramos and Compean families.  Back row - two boys are Ramos' sons.  Compean's wife on the left, Patti and Ramos' wife on the right, Monica.  The boys on the wives' laps are Compean's sons.  Front row, boy on the left is Ramos' son and girl on the right is Compean's daugher.  

Mail a Christmas card to Ramos and Compean:

Ignacio Ramos #58079-180
FCI Phoenix
Federal Correctional Institution
37910 N. 45th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85086
  Jose Compean #58080180
FCI Elkton
PO Box 10
Lisbon, OH 44432

Note:  As of 02-17-2009 - they no longer reside in prison - YEA!


01-19-2009:  President Bush commutes sentences of Ramos and Compean and it's about time.  I am glad that they will be able to get out before their unjustly sentence of 11 and 12 years but I do not think that they should have ever served any time at all.  These two guys did not deserve this.  Compean and Ramos, who have served about two years of their sentences, are expected to be released from prison within the next two months.  One report says as early as March 22, 2009.  Then they will be on Probation for another three years.  What I want to know is why they are not out right now?  Click here for the AP News article (PDF format)...

     Commuted?  Why not Pardoned?  I liked President Bush for most of the things he did.  However, he failed miserably concerning the border, enforcement of the illegal alien related laws, and how his administration handled the Ramos and Compeon case.  President Bush made it clear that he believed the agents were guilty but also stated that the commutation of their sentences was not a pardon. Plus they will always have this felony on their records.  I am not going to rehash the case but anyone who has read all the information would most likely disagree with President Bush.

     I have heard a few statements from border patrol agents that in the past they would have had a few days off of work at the most - if they were guilty.  It seems to me that if the jury had all the information then the case would have been thrown out also.  From what I have read, I really have doubts that the prosecution had a real case in the first place.  Just the way that Sutton handled the case should have been reason for this case to be thrown out.  Sutton knew this was an Illegal alien drug smuggler and Sutton got this drug smuggler immunity and took the Drug smuggler's word over the Agents.  REALLY?  Really Mr. Sutton?  You should be ashamed!

     Now, for all of you who support Ramos and Compean.  I do not want it to end this way.  Don't get me wrong.  I am glad that they are getting out BUT I think it should have been a FULL PARDON.  From what I know about these guys (which is just reading and watching everything thing that I can get my hands on) they are not guilty.  I will not be surprised that this is not over.  I hope that they strive to get a full pardon.  A full pardon they should get.  So say we all!


02-17-2009 - Ramos and Compean are released to house arrest.

     They were release today to be home with their families.  They are on house arrest but they are home.  President Bush had commuted their sentences to March 22, 2009.  They cannot talk to the press until after that time.


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