Congressman Rohrabacher defends Border Patrol Agents

Jan 10, 2007
Press Release

Washington, Jan 10, 2007 -

Today, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) offered up choice words for the Bush Administration’s complicity in the unjust prosecution of Border Patrol Agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos during a press conference called on their behalf by several Members of Congress. Compean and Ramos are scheduled to report to federal prison on January 17th to begin serving 11 and 12 year sentences, respectively, after being prosecuted for the pursuit and subsequent shooting of an illegal drug smuggler during an altercation on the Texas/Mexico border.

“These two men are heroes willing to put their lives on the line for us, to protect our borders and communities and now you’ve prosecuted them for doing their jobs,” said Rohrabacher of the President’s unwillingness to pardon the officers.

“We’re going to find out whose side you’re on...the American people or the side of our enemies,” Rohrabacher decried. “If you let these two men go to jail for defending us, then we’ll know your on the side of our enemies,” said Rohrabacher in a direct plea to President Bush.

Flanked by Cong. Ted Poe (R-TX), Cong. Walter Jones (R-NC), Cong. Ed. Royce (R-CA),Cong. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Cong. Steve King (R-IA) and former agent Compean and his wife, Cong. Rohrabacher offered his support of the latest effort to petition the Attorney General to direct federal prosecutors to not oppose a motion filed in court to keep Ramos and Compean free on bond during the appeals process.

During his prepared remarks, former agent Compean became visibly upset when thanking each present Member of Congress for “standing with me, and my family when my own Congressman, a fellow border patrol agent, would not.”

Grassfire.org was also on hand to present the 219,000 signatures gathered thus far in their petition effort in support of pardoning the agents. Judge Kathleen Cardone is expected to hand down her ruling on the bond issue on Friday, January 12th.

Mr. Rohrabacher and Agent Compean at press conference