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Bipartisan Criticism of President Bush’s “Snub” of Border Agents

Dec 12, 2007

Washington, Dec 12, 2007 - Today, Rep. Rohrabacher (R-CA) was joined by Rep. William Delahunt (D-MA) in expressing outrage over President Bush’s decision to leave unjustly imprisoned Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean off of the annual Christmas pardons and commutations list, released this week by the Department of Justice. Both agents are currently serving 11 and 12 year prison terms, respectively, for shooting and wounding an illegal alien drug smuggler.

“The President’s heartless ignoring of the fundamental miscarriage of justice in the case of agents Ramos and Compean…is a snub to the families and a slap in the face to millions of Americans who have pleaded with the President to show some mercy for Ramos and Compean,” Rohrabacher said at today’s press conference. “Instead he turns around and shows mercy to drug dealers and other criminals and leaves Ramos and Compean to suffer in solitary confinement.”

“The President showed mercy to drug dealers and criminals but couldn’t find it in his heart to give any benefit of the doubt to the two Border Patrol agents who risked their lives to protect this country for 15 years combined. Again, our President has sided with the drug dealers and criminals over our law enforcement officers.

“We had hoped our bipartisan resolution, H.Con. Res. 267 sponsored by my colleague Mr. Delahunt…and the statements of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jolly that the government ‘overreacted’ would have encouraged the President to allow Ramos and Compean to spend Christmas with their families.

“The White House continues to hide behind the supposed policy that pardons must go through a somewhat strenuous proceduree by the Justice Department, but the handling of the Scooter Libby case exposes that falsehood.

“This speaks to the American people of your character Mr. President and you will be judged by what you do.”

Rep. Delahunt expressed his concern over the disproportionate sentence given to the border agents point out the fact that Ramos and Compean “received sentences worse than rapists and murders in this country.”

Rep. Delahunt and Rep. Rohrabacher introduced H. Con. Res 267 on December 6, 2007 asking for an immediate commutation for Ramos and Compean. So far, 11 Democrats and 11 Republicans have signed on as co-sponsors.