"The ongoing migration of persons to the United States
in violation of our laws is a serious national problem
detrimental to the interests of the United States." -
Ronald Reagan, 1981
never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It
does so because honor is, finally, about defending those
noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if
it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean
social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution,
or as always, even death itself. The question remains:
What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What
is worth living for?" -
William J. Bennett in a
lecture to the U. S. Naval Academy, Nov 24, 1997
RELEASED - AFTER SERVING TIME: Guillermo F. Hernandez, better known as Gilmer Hernandez,
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.
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
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:
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:
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
Mail a Christmas card to Ramos and Compean:
Ignacio Ramos #58079-180
Federal Correctional Institution
37910 N. 45th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85086
Jose Compean #58080180
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?
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.