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Cong. Rohrabacher Statement on the Arrest of Drug Smuggler Shot by Imprisoned Border Agents

Nov 16, 2007

Washington, Nov 16, 2007 -
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher released the following statement in reaction to the arrest of Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, the illegal alien drug smuggler shot by former Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who are currently serving 11 and 12 year prison sentences for the shooting:


“U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton is now confirming what Members of Congress and the public already figured out about Osvaldo Davila. He’s a rotten habitual drug smuggler who should have been the target of Sutton’s prosecution, instead of Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean.

“Sutton has not only confirmed Davila’s infamous October drug run but has now revealed evidence of several other smuggling incidents all of which took place while drug smuggler Davila was under full protection of the U.S. Government. All that took place while the U.S. Attorney’s office was piling on charges against Ramos and Compean as if they had shot a somewhat innocent man instead of a repeat offender. What Sutton’s office is now revealing underscores this horrible miscarriage of justice against Ramos and Compean.

“Johnny Sutton’s self congratulatory tone in announcing the long over due arrest of Davila is shameful. He should be begging for forgiveness for taking the side of the drug smuggler.

“If Mr. Sutton thinks he’s going to escape culpability for this miscarriage of justice by conveniently arresting the drug smuggler 2 ½ weeks before the Ramos & Compean appeal is heard, he is sadly mistaken. Mr. Sutton turned a deaf ear to pleas from the Ramos & Compean families. Instead he only heard the lies of the drug smuggler portraying him as an innocent man who had given into the temptation of drug smuggling only once, in order to buy medicine for his sick mother.

“The bottom line is this, Johnny Sutton believed it was more important to protect the civil rights of an admitted illegal alien drug smuggler than to side with the law enforcement heroes who attempted to stop him. If Mr. Sutton had arrested and prosecuted Davila the first time instead of choosing to falsely portray this smuggler as a victim, then 100 kilos of narcotics wouldn’t have made it onto American streets and Ramos and Compean wouldn’t be languishing in solitary confinement in federal prison.

“While Johnny Sutton was rolling out the red carpet for a drug smuggler, Davila was rolling millions of dollars worth of drugs back and forth across the border with free passes, courtesy of the U.S Government.

“It’s clear that Border Patrol Agents Ramos & Compean have been the collateral damage in Johnny Sutton’s personal crusade to protect President Bush’s failed border policy with Mexico.

“If this new information isn’t grounds for a full scale review by the new Attorney General and the Senate Judiciary Committee, I don’t know what is.”