I know its along shot but I urge anyone following this case to contact their Reps in congress to sign a congressional petition to pardon these two officers and to continue to push Bush on the issue. The letter I wrote to my rep is below. This issue should not be restricted to party line politcs and would presume all Americans would be outraged by the horrific action taken by the DOJ.
I am appalled at the convictions of Border Agents Compean and Ramos, based on the poor decision by US Attorney Johnny Sutton to extend immunity from prosecution to an illegal alien smuggling drugs into our country in order to get an obstruction of justice conviction against these two agents.
I call on you Mr Ferguson to sign the congeressional pardon introduced by Rep. Hunter and to strongly urge President Bush to reconsider his decision not to pardon these officers of the law.
This is the response from my congresman. Talk about not taking a stance:
[I]Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 563, the
Congressional Pardon for Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean Act. I
appreciate hearing from you and having the benefit of your views.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) on January 18, 2007, introduced
H.R. 563, which would grant a congressional pardon to former Customs and
Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean. They were
convicted in 2006 of shooting a drug smuggling suspect near El Paso,
Texas, and then trying to cover up the incident.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting and the
agents’ convictions sparked an outcry from critics who argued that the
federal agents were merely doing their jobs defending the border against
H.R. 563 appears to be unprecedented; while there have been
several congressional attempts to grant amnesty to large groups, it is
not believed that any laws have been enacted to pardon specific
Because of the important issues raised by H.R. 563, I
believe it would require a vigorous debate in the House, and I look forward
to being a part of that debate should H.R. 563 reach the House floor
for a vote.
Again, thank you for taking the time to share your opinions
with me and please visit my website at [url]www.house.gov/ferguson[/url] for more
information on issues important to New Jersey’s 7th Congressional