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Lawmakers call on Attorney General to allow Border Agents to remain free on bond pending appeal

Congressman Ted Poe, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Congressman Walter Jones, Congressman Tom Tancredo, Congressman Duncan Hunter along with other co-signers announced their intent to send a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales asking him to allow convicted Border Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean free on bond pending the appeal of their convictions.

STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN POE:

The government chose sides in this issue and they chose the wrong side when they decided to prosecute these agents, said Congressman Poe.

The U.S. Attorney went to Mexico, found the drug dealer, took him to America, treated his bullet wounds, and then gave him immunity to testify against agents Compean and Ramos for their shooting him, the criminal.

Both border agents were convicted by an overzealous prosecutor that was looking for pelts in her belt. She appeared to have more loyalty to Mexico than to America because she was on the wrong side.

Both agents await sentencing. The two border agents should have been given medals and sent back down to the border to apprehend another drug dealer instead of being prosecuted.

This is yet another example of how our government is more concerned
about illegals and drug dealers than they are about America and Americans.

BACKGROUND:

Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean are currently scheduled to serve 11 and 12 year prison terms, respectively, this month. The case has garnered national attention because of the harsh prosecution and unjust conviction of the agents for shooting a fleeing illegal drug smuggler during analtercation after over 740 pounds (over $1 million street value) of marijuana was discovered in his van near the border.

January 10, 2007Letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales circulated for Members signatures by Congressman Ted Poes office requesting the Justice Department to direct the federal prosecutors to not oppose a motion filed in court to keep the agents free on bond during the appeals process. Several discrepancies in the governments case strongly question whether justice has been served and permitting these men to be incarcerated in the interim puts their lives at risk.