Update: Both officers received 10 years in jail. What galls me is the fact that this known drug dealer, who was caught with 700 pounds of marijuana, was given immunity in order to testify against two agents whose only "crime" was not following some internal department directives. It is disgusting.
As Florida Cracker says, "Why send a Mexican drugrunner to prison when you can send the border patrol?"
Shame on Bush for not pardoning these two men. Just more assinine filth pushed out of our courts and, from our Federal government. They are punishing the good, rewarding the bad: All in the name of political correctness and - Because Bush is such a pussy and won't stand up for what's right for fear of "offending" the mexican-american community.
From the Canadian Free press:
By now, everyone in North America, and especially certain Mexicans are familiar with the case of two former Border Patrol agents convicted of causing serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm and violating the civil rights of a drug smuggler and illegal alien at the U.S. - Mexican border.
Absent of a successful appeal or a presidential pardon, former agents Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos will begin serving their 10-year-plus sentences in federal court this Wednesday.
Despite an unprecedented exhibit of support from the public and public officials, including 55 members of Congress and over 175,000 U.S. citizens, President Bush has shown no interest in pardoning these two agents whose sentences will surpass many murderers, rapists and even drug smugglers they have put behind bars.
In addition to the obvious, however, the situation involving Compean and Ramos is having a "rippling effect" among border patrol agents and other law enforcement officials who have the increasingly dangerous and difficult task of protecting American citizens.
Call the White house: the phone number is 202-456-1111. Send them emails: the address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Do whatever you can to bring this national tragedy to the attention of the president. It is an outrage that even illegal alien drug smugglers have civil rights - since when did the US Constitution apply to non-citizens?