Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean are still in prison
Washington, Jul 17, 2008 - A year ago today, on July 17, 2007, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings concerning the plight of Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean. At the conclusion of the hearing Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Cornyn (R-TX), called on President Bush to immediately commute the sentences of the two agents. Unfortunately the President has chosen not to do so.
Two weeks after the Senate hearings, with the permission of the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Human Rights, I followed up with a hearing to investigate any foreign influence on the case. I invited U.S Attorney Johnny Sutton to attend the hearing to account for a plethora of still unanswered questions. Sadly, but not surprisingly, Mr. Sutton declined to testify at the hearing.
We have yet to learn who issued the border crossing cards that allowed the illegal alien drug smuggler, Osvaldo Davila, to carry illegal narcotics across the border. Additionally since the hearings we have learned that Mr. Davila did in fact smuggle a second load of narcotics across the border in September of 2005 and a third load in October of that year. During the trial the prosecutors kept this important information on the October load of narcotics from the jury. This vital information could very well have swayed the decision of the jury. But, as has become the pattern, Mr. Sutton has yet to answer for this decision.
It is clear that the American people strongly disagree with what’s happened to Ramos and Compean in the case. Yet both agents still linger in prison -- even worse in solitary confinement -- awaiting the results of their appeal, which is now approaching its eighth month. This is the greatest injustice I have seen in my thirty years in Washington. President Bush will never be able to undo this mean spirited treatment of two American heroes who were willing to risk their lives to protect us at our borders.
It is my prayer that the voices of thousands of Americans will no longer fall on deaf ears, that this miscarriage of justice will soon be corrected, and that agents Ramos and Compean will be released to a new life with their family and friends.
In Freedom (and in the hope that freedom will soon come to all those who deserve it),