Former Border Guards Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean's need a pardon or commutation from President Bush before he leaves office.
"We still remain very hopeful that that will happen, and if it doesn’t, we’ll have the appeal to the Supreme Court,” T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Fox News. "Ultimately we’re hoping that justice is served in this case because both of those agents are innocent. All they were doing was their job defending themselves against an armed drug smuggler in the process of stopping a load a marijuana that was worth more than a million dollars."
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R.-Ca., said Thursday, “Many patriotic Americans are dismayed by the continued persecution and legal torture of former Border Patrol officers Ramos and Compean,"
In 2005, Ramos and Compean shot a drug smuggler in his butt. They say that they believed the man was armed and they reacted in self defense. Drug runners are frequently armed and shoot at border patrol.
The smuggler admits he was smuggling hundreds of pounds of marijuana on the day he was shot. He also pled guilty earlier this year to drug smuggling, but it wasn’t the smuggling he was doing that day. The smuggling he was charged for happened several months after the shooting. Apparently he learned nothing from the incident.
Supporters argue that the U.S. Attorney should have prosecuted the drug-smugger rather than the US Border patrol. Should the border patrol now be afraid to do their jobs, lest they get arrested? Aren’t their jobs and the stresses that go with it hard enough already?
We’re praying President Bush pardons these men, who were doing their job protecting our border as well as trying to keep drugs off the streets and out of our children’s hands. President Bush, please support our law enforcement officers and pardon these men.