I was listening to this today, and the first thing that came to my mind was the two border guards that are serving sentences of 11 and 12 years because they shot an illegal immigrant who at the time was trying to smuggle drugs into the United States. Now that same illegal has been arrested for doing the same thing again. Smuggling drugs into the US.
President Bush pardoned the two birds on Tuesday in the annual tradition that dates back to the Truman administration.
In the Rose Garden ceremony, Bush said the participants in a White House Web poll had picked “May” and “Flower” as the turkeys’ names, and in turn ribbed his No. 2.
“They’re certainly better than the names the vice president suggested — which is ‘Lunch’ and ‘Dinner,” Bush said.
The two former border guards, Ramos and Compean, are now going to prison for essentially doing their jobs, trying to stop illegal immigration and drug smuggling. Then I read something else that just made me sick.
by Phyllis Schlafly January 3, 2007
President George W. Bush pardoned 16 criminals including five drug dealers at Christmastime, but so far has refused to pardon the two U.S. Border Patrol agents who were trying to defend Americans against drug smugglers. It makes us wonder which side the self-proclaimed “compassionate” President is on.
Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were guarding the Mexican border near El Paso on February 17, 2005 when they intercepted a van carrying 743 pounds of marijuana. For what happened next, they were convicted and sentenced under a statute that was designed to impose heavy punishment on criminal drug smugglers caught in the commission of a crime.
The two agents are scheduled to start 11- and 12-year prison terms, respectively, on January 17, for the crime of putting one bullet in the buttocks of the admitted drug smuggler, Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, and failing to report the discharge of their firearms. The non-fatal bullet didn’t stop the smuggler from running to escape in a van waiting for him on the Mexican side of the border.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher called the two agents heroes. “Because of their actions, more than a million dollars in illegal drugs were stopped from being sold to our children. Bringing felony charges against them is a travesty of justice beyond description.”
The White House and the U.S. Department of Justice are stonewalling requests for a presidential pardon from 55 Members of Congress and U.S. citizens who have sent at least 160,000 petitions and 15,000 faxes. When the Bush Administration deigns to respond at all, the official line is that the Border Patrol agents got a fair trial.
But that’s not true; they didn’t get a fair trial. They were convicted because the Justice Department sent investigators into Mexico, tracked down the drug smuggler, and gave him immunity from all prosecution for his drug smuggling crimes if he would please come back and testify against Ramos and Compean.
It was massively unfair to give immunity to an illegal alien narcotics trafficker while destroying the lives and families of two Border Patrol agents who risked their lives to stop him. Ramos and Compean were convicted mainly on the testimony of the immunity-sheltered drug smuggler, whose integrity should have been called into question, but Ramos and Compean were forbidden to do that during the trial.
The prosecutor even tried to get Ramos and Compean convicted of attempted murder! The jury acquitted them of that outlandish charge, but the government still asked for a sentence of 20 years for the other counts on which they were convicted.
We expect our military and our police and our border guards to do what they were hired to do, but when they do, we throw them in prison. And the problem is, the prisons are full of illegal immigrants who have broken the law. Throw a couple of border guards in there, and what do you think will happen? You guessed it. this story is from the WorldNetDaily on February 6th:
Posted: February 6, 2007
3:03 p.m. Eastern
By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
The Department of Justice has confirmed imprisoned former Border Patrol agent Ignacio “Nacho” Ramos – sentenced to 11 years in the shooting of a drug smuggler – was treated for injuries after reporting he was beaten in a medium-security facility in Mississippi.
Monica Ramos embraces her husband, former U.S. Border Patrol agent Ignacio Ramos, two days before he was sentenced to 11 years in prison (Courtesy El Paso Times)
WND received a statement issued by the agency citing Charles Smith, spokesman for the Federal Correctional Complex in Yazoo City, Miss.
Smith said that at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Ramos “reported to staff that he had been assaulted.”
“Mr. Ramos was evaluated by medical staff at the institution who determined he had sustained some bruises and abrasions. The injuries sustained were minor in nature.”
However, Ramos’s wife and father-in-law told WND the former agent said in phone calls to them the assailants “got me pretty good,” explaining he was assaulted by five Hispanic men with steel-toed boots – likely illegal aliens – who cussed him out in Spanish.
“They kicked me in the head, they kicked me all over the body. I’m all bruised and very sore,” Ramos reportedly said, adding he bled from his left ear.
Ramos, Smith said, then “was placed in the Special Housing Unit pending a thorough investigation of the incident. He will remain in the Special Housing Unit until the conclusion of this investigation. No further information is available at this time.”
Now I have to ask. Is this right? No it isn’t. We want people to man our borders but we let the government walk all over the ones that do with disdain? Give me a break.
Former U.S. Border Patrol agent Ignacio Ramos, and Jose Compean should be released and have the charges against them dropped. President Bush pardoned others….why not these two?
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