Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Free Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean !!

George Bush has the right as President of the United States to commute sentences of convicted criminals. In the best of times, this prerogative of our nation’s chief executive is a way to temper justice with suitable mercy, to recognise exemplary rehabilitation or even to correct an injustice.

America’s border with Mexico is crossed daily by illegal immigrants, drug dealers and even terrorists. It is so porous that it is a major security risk.

Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean are two border guards who are serving hard time (11-12 years) for defending the border with deadly force. According to

World Net Daily, they were convicted of “shooting at a fleeing illegal alien drug dealer while he smuggled nearly 750 pounds of marijuana across the border.”

The two agents were as a result of the incident convicted of assault, discharge of a weapon in the commission of a crime of violence, tampering with an official proceeding and deprivation of civil rights.

In a move that was a slap in the face of the American people, U.S. Attorney Johnny (no relation to Willie) Sutton gave the drug dealer complete immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony against the two border guards.

The two border guards leave behind wives and a total of six children. They live near the Mexican border in an area where sympathy with illegal aliens runs high. It is hard for the children to hear their fathers disparaged, the nature of their “crimes” sensationalised and distorted.

The imprisonment of the agents has been harsh. The children of Ignacio Ramos can not see their father at all because the only visiting day open to the Ramos family is a weekday, when school is in session.

In addition, Ramos has endured brutality in prison at the hands of illegal aliens who are incarcerated with them.

According to WND, “Ramos was segregated from the general prison population after he was assaulted in a Yazoo City, Miss., federal penitentiary following an “America’s Most Wanted” episode that detailed the agents’ struggles.

“A couple of the inmates in general population on the night it aired recognized my husband on TV,” Ramos said. “They approached him shortly after the airing right when it was time to go to sleep, and five illegals just beat him severely.”

“The agent suffered three herniated disks and a fractured shoulder from the assault.”

At present, Ramos remains segregated from the general population enduring major curtailments of the amenities enjoyed by inmates in general population. His wife continues to fight the prison bureaucracy so that some semblance of family life can be salvaged for the unfortunate children caught up in this miscarriage of justice.

America now has about twelve million illegal aliens, according to some estimates. The porous state of our border with Mexico is well known to terrorist organisations, who already take advantage of it. With a combination of manpower, technology and construction, the flood of illegal immigrants crossing into America could be almost completely stopped. Instead, we put border guards into dangerous situations in which they risk being shot at by hardened criminals and sold out by their own government.

Do we really want to crack down on illegal immigration? What kind of signal does it send to other border guards when a dope dealer is given immunity to testify against law enforcement? What are we telling other agents about snap judgments in potentially dangerous situations? By giving immunity to a dope smuggler, a signal is sent to any sensible border guard to going to avoid taking risks.

Who wants our borders to be so easily compromised, aside from illegal immigrants themselves?

We know about dope smugglers and terrorists. Are there other pockets of sympathy for weak immigration law enforcement?

A flood of undocumented aliens keeps wages down. In many jobs, employers prefer to hire illegals, who are sending much of their money to Mexico and elsewhere.

There is a well founded perception that a certain percentage of undocumented aliens will become legal and will probably vote for the Democrats.

Additionally, there is ethnic solidarity between illegal aliens and their legal compatriots. The longer our borders remain porous, the larger this voting block becomes.

It seems that there is a diverse collection of groups whose interests run counter to the cause of immigration law enforcement.

What will it take to wake people up to this problem that worsens by the day? It is both an economic and a security issue. And it will not go away. Jailing two good men who were enforcing our nation’s laws shows how confused we have become

President Bush has a bit more time left in office. It would be fair, kind and honourable to give clemency to Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean for what was at worst an error in judgment. Their families need them. They should come home NOW !!

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