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Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) appealed to President Barack Obama today to grant a full pardon to former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.

As a former judge and prosecutor for 30 years, I am well-informed of the law and circumstances pertaining to this case, stated Poe. The severity of the charges and harshness of the punishment given to these men was completely disproportionate to the violation in question. Although they were released early from federal prison, they still have criminal records. This shouldnt be so.

Mr. Ramos and Mr. Compean were prosecuted and convicted for shooting an undocumented drug smuggler near the U.S. Mexico border in Texas and were sentenced to over ten years in prison. After serving two years of their sentences, President George W. Bush commuted their sentences on January 19, 2009.

This week, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal. As a result, the appeals process has been exhausted and Congressman Poe has asked President Obama to use his exclusive authority given under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution to pardon the former agents.

This case has had a demoralizing effect on the men and women who defend America at our border, Poe continued. It sends the wrong message to criminals seeking to do our nation harm. Our border agents must not have hesitation before using their weapons in defense of our laws and borders. The results of this incident are unfortunate, yet the unintended consequences are far reaching and warrant your immediate intervention to restore safety and security at the border.

Congressman Poe serves on the House Judiciary Committee, Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee; House Foreign Affairs Committee. Prior to be elected to Congress, Poe was a prosecutor and criminal court judge in Houston, Texas for 30 years.