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Monday, June 25, 2007

Remembering Agents Ramos and Compean: Kill the Bill

Cross-posted from guest blogger and contributor, Maggie at Maggie's Notebook

ANOTHER IMPORTANT UPDATE: The new Senate Immigration Bill s.1369 appears to include paying World War II reparations to “Certain Persons.” The text, hidden in the middle of the massive tome, can be read here: Immigration Bill Will Pay WWII Reparations to Alien Residents. I suggest you read John Fonte’s piece in National Review Online for details before going to the long, long text of the Bill. The question: what else is lurking in the Bill that our Senate is not talking about?

Remembering Border Agents Ramos and Compean
Photos: Agent Ramos and Mrs. Ramos, left. Agent Compean and Mrs. Compean in wheelchair

America's Most Wanted, John Walsh, puts the details of this case in a video. After the video, you'll find links to the complete history of the case, including trial transcripts.

Senate Bill 1639, with its promise of $4.4 billion to hire and train border guards, along with other unknown measures, is an empty promise. Agents Ramos and Compean had the training, did the job and ended up in prison.

What can we "expect" from our border guards, and the millions to be "surged" toward new hires? Can we expect them to stop drug smugglers? Can we expect them to protect themselves against criminal aliens? Can we expect this country to protect them from the absurb charges of an illegal against our own?

Do not be distracted by the prosecutors claims that these two men covered-up a crime. If you are not certain about this case, follow the links below and make your own determination. I'll be adding new links as they become available.

Watch John Walsh from America's Most Wanted put this case into perspective:

Video courtesy of: Mediaman1947

In February, hearings by the House of Representatives were announced. These hearing are on the back burner while Ramos and Compean sit in jail - denied bail while awaiting appeal.

February 2007: Agent who testified against Ramos and Compean to be fired for lying.

48 lawmakers ask for pardon

Links to in-depth reporting.

Trial Transcripts in pdf format. Pdf format is all that I can locate at this time.

This excellent summary.