Border patrol agent ignacio nacho ramos wakes up in the middle of the night expecting a guard to shine a flashlight in his face. Senate panel will examine border agents convictions. I was frustrated that it only gave one perspective. Compean and ignacio ramos, will be freed from federal prison in less than two months as a result of mr. The agents heard gun shots while pursuing davila on foot. Border agents probably have a different rule book for legals trying to escape the us in the course of a felony. As za maxfield pointed out in the authors note, the world was a much different place 8 years ago.
Witnesses at diazs trial said the suspects were hiding among the high grass and a fallen tree in the area. Two former border patrol agents have begun serving long prison sentences for shooting and wounding an illegal alien, mexican drug smuggler in a case that has sparked national outrage. Despite the agents confiscating one million dollars work of marijuana that aldretedavila ditched while running from them, the agents did not follow procedural guidelines the suspect was given full immunity for. It is becoming more apparent with each passing day that former border patrol agents ignacio ramos and jose compean have been maliciously prosecuted by the united states government with u. Oct 11, 2016 a good border crossing is unpredictable. Border patrol agents sentenced coalition against illegal.
Ignacio ramos and jose alonso compean are scheduled to turn themselves in to authorities wednesday to begin serving 11 and 12. As the bush era comes to a close, the list of last minute pardon requests are growing. John bolton book again delayed, this time to june 23. Border patrol agents ignacio ramos left and jose alonso compean right turn themselves in to federal authorities. Bush let two border agents rot in prison in defiance of a national chorus, my voice included, calling for justice for two brave public servants. Border patrol shot and wounded a man in the left buttock who assaulted agents at a violent stretch of the u. Like all the pretty horses, this volume opens with a teenagers decision to slip away from his familys ranch into mexico.
You could have mentioned two loyal, bp agents ramos and compean who. He also sees the prosecution of ramos and compean as part of a larger effort by the federal government. Jul 15, 2007 john bolton book again delayed, this time to june 23. He once signed a book for craig boddington if you ever need someone shot, why, just let me know, pardner. Unknowns include transport options in and out, language difficulties, ethnic tensions, whether or not you will be allowed to cross, and more importantly if. Two agents who shot a suspect did not deserve a pardon, but they also didnt. Ramos and compean did not wake up the morning of feb. Border patrol agents legal defense and relief fund, p. Bush commutes 2 border agents sentences the new york times.
He and others went into mexico, ambushed and killed all the thieves and took the cattle back. Oct 31, 2011 diaz and the other agents arrived at a pecan orchard known as the rosetta farm at about 2 a. Sutton released a statement saying some in the media and on the internet have tried to portray agents compean and ramos as heroes but that narrative is false. Box 47208, tampa, florida 33647 to read the national border patrol councils rebuttal to the u. A federal jury convicted compean, 28, and ramos, 37, in march after a twoweek trial on charges of. Recently, the immigrants have started sending their young children across us borders alone.
Perhaps the loudest demand for pardon comes mostly from conservatives who are angry that president bush has not acted to pardon two border patrol agents ignacio ramos and jose alonso compean. Ignacio ramos and jose alonso compean, the two former border patrol agents whose prison. Two border patrol agents are sent to prison while the dope smuggler they. Ramos and compean should not be pardoned the liberty papers. The opening section of the crossing, book two of the border trilogy, features perhaps the most perfectly realized storytelling of cormac mccarthys celebrated career. Border agents ignacio ramos and jose compean were charged with first degree murder by us attorney johnny sutton. Border crossing tips and information our border crossing guide has valuable tips and information to help make your trip go off without a hitch.
Border agents ignacio ramos and jose compean were charged. Border patrol agents and a canine unit eventually encountered the 15yearold and an adult suspect. The bush persecute border patrol agents doctrine continues. Back in 2005 agents ramos and compean attempted to apprehend a drug smuggler as he was trying bring in at least 700 pounds of marijuana into our country. More on the border patrol commutations texas monthly. According to media reports, davila at one point turned toward the pursuing agents and pointed what appeared to be a gun. Border patrol agents ignacio ramos and jose compean after a botched smuggling attempt. If you would like to contribute to the former border patrol agents ignacio ramos and jose compean fund, please send your donation to. Border patrol agents who were convicted in a border crossing shooting incident. When tom seymour, a child psychologist, plunges into a river to save a young man from drowning, he unwittingly reopens a chapter from his past hed hoped to forget. Ignacio ramos is a former united states border patrol agent, who was convicted of shooting. Jose alonso compean born 1976 is a former united states border patrol agent, convicted of. But if you are a border patrol or ice agent, there is a presumption of guilt against you today, many such agents tell me. Kindle ebooks can be read on any device with the free kindle app.
It is rare these days in polarized washington to have democrats and republicans agree on anything. Border patrol agent went on trial on tuesday in the killing of a mexican man attempting to cross illegally into arizona, a case closely watched by pro and antiillegal immigrant groups. Naval reserve and a former nominee for border patrol agent of the year. Customs and border protection cbp officers welcome international travelers into the u.
Oct 26, 2006 cross posted from the uncooperative blogger two u. Witnesses testified about the prosecution of ingacio ramos and jose compean, former u. Tj bonner, president of the national border patrol council, the union representing border agents, said the border patrols official pursuit policy handcuffs agents in the field. Attorney johnny sutton, whose office prosecuted the agents and gave the drug smuggler immunity and a border crossing card attended the hearing but refused to speak with reporters. Convicted border agent tells his story free republic. Border patrol agents who were convicted in a bordercrossing shooting incident. News, opinion and commentary general interest border patrols cases drug dealing investigations drug traffic. Actor and victim, witness and innocent, all are represented in olivass powerful first collection, engaging the reader in the act of crossing over via the tools that language possesses when in. Askins book he tells of a time on the border where thieves stole a herd of cattle in the us and took them to mexico. Instead, some border agents are blocking access to asylum by refusing to process protection requests. Nothing can sum up the case of former border patrol agents ignacio ramos and jose alonso compean, who stopped, pursued and shot at a fleeing mexican drug smuggler near fabens, texas in 2005. In screening both foreign visitors and returning u. Jan 01, 2001 border crossing is pat barkers unflinching novel of darkness, evil and society.
Border patrol agents fired 15 bullets at a suspected drug dealer who was fleeing on foot toward the border. Border patrol agents ignacio ramos and jose compean. Nov 24, 2008 lawmakers step up pressure on bush for border agents clemency as they leave office, its a longstanding tradition for presidents to offer clemency. Jan 19, 2009 if you would like to contribute to the former border patrol agents ignacio ramos and jose compean fund, please send your donation to. Attorney suttons media pitch on border patrol agents conviction may be a spitball by bill conroy online journal contributing writer jan 30, 2007, 00. Border agents must refer a person seeking asylum or expressing a fear of persecution to a protection screening interview or an immigration court proceeding where they can seek asylum. People could still meet and fall in love in borders and being gay often meant living without things like marriage and children. Unknowns include transport options in and out, language difficulties, ethnic tensions, whether or not you will be.
Lawmakers step up pressure on bush for border agents clemency as they leave office, its a longstanding tradition for presidents to offer clemency. This book explains why tens of thousands of illegal aliens continue to cross. This is the same man who was shot in the rear end in 2005 by u. At the time, aldrete davila was crossing illegally into the united. When the illegal drug smuggler saw agents ramos and compean, he ran for the border. In crossing the border, olivass poems meld numerous cultures, historic and current, and forge an identity that incorporates insider and outsider.
But the odd moment happened on july 17 when dianne feinstein, the very democratic senator from california, chaired hearings of a judiciary committee panel on the imprisonment of u. Before leaving office, president bush commuted the prison sentences of former border patrol agents ignacio ramos and jose alonso compean. Attorney johnny sutton would choose to seek out drug smuggler osvaldo aldretedavila, in mexico to offer him immunity, unconditional bordercrossing cards and free medical care in exchange for his testimony against the border agents. Border patrol agents whose cases became flashpoints in the controversy over border security were released early from prison tuesday, one of their attorneys and a congressman. Border patrol agent stoned to death by illegals page 3. Returning to mexico, aldretedavila related his misfortunes to his mother, who contacted the motherinlaw of border patrol agent rene sanchez. Jan 21, 2009 before leaving office, president bush commuted the prison sentences of former border patrol agents ignacio ramos and jose alonso compean. Sep 27, 2007 meanwhile two border patrol agents, ignacio ramos and jose compean, continue to serve prison sentences for attempting to apprehend a known convicted drug smuggler in february 2005, while the. Those who demand the pardon claim that the agents were railroaded by. Crossing the border he was promoted to captain when the state created and passed new laws enforcing strict rules on entering the state from mexico. My colleague paul burka wrote that bush did the right. From 19952001 annual attrition rose to above 10%, which was a period when the border patrol was undergoing massive hiring. Lawmakers from both parties have formally pressed president bush to commute the sentences of former border patrol agents ignacio ramos and jose compean, serving 11 and 12 year sentences for. Ignacio ramos and jose alonso compean were sentenced to 11 and 12year prison sentences respectively.
Aug 06, 2006 tj bonner, president of the national border patrol council, the union representing border agents, said the border patrols official pursuit policy handcuffs agents in the field. Border patrol agents ignacio ramos and jose compean began serving 11year and 12year prison sentences respectively for shooting at a fleeing drug smuggler, many americans. Its a onesided point of view regarding a complex topic. Diaz and the other agents arrived at a pecan orchard known as the rosetta farm at about 2 a. Fellow agent jose compean was sentenced to 12 years. The man, a mexican national, was hit once in the buttocks but made it across the rio grande. Orchestrated dishonesty of media and antitrump politicians. President bush should quickly pardon jailed border agents.
These photographs of the mexicous border and the migrant workers trying to cross it were taken in october 2016. Jul 15, 2008 crossing borders was first published in 2007, with a different publisher and a very different cover. Crossing borders was first published in 2007, with a different publisher and a very different cover. Aug 19, 2008 this past week, a 10year veteran of the u. Two texas border patrol agents who shot a mexican drug runner in the backside on the u. The sheer volume of traffic makes it impossible for u. It would be easier and cheaper to enforce laws that are already on the books. Border patrol agents were sentenced to prison terms of 11 years and 12 years for shooting a drugsmuggling suspect in the buttocks as he fled across the u. President please pardon these agents now page 5 masscops. Attorney johnny sutton in my living room well, at least his image. In 1992, the united states border patrol had approximately 4,9 patrol agents on the job. District attorney, johnny sutton as the primary malevolent force behind the unlawful suit and subsequent illegal detention of the two exagents in separate federal penitentiaries. Border crossing is pat barkers unflinching novel of darkness, evil and society.1224 84 1135 872 259 391 634 1031 641 548 1454 127 208 836 807 819 1347 898 739 417 1334 946 1437 108 626 467 1517 239 927 408 1092 568 10 1049 137 1162 1413 940 1491 631 1173 738 662 177 726 1166