Skip to comments.Border agents reject leaders Ramos-Compean, 'amnesty' cited in unanimous no-confidence vote
Posted on 04/23/2007 5:05:05 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
Citing the case of imprisoned former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean among other complaints, all 100 top leaders of the National Border Patrol Council have endorsed a no-confidence resolution against Chief David V. Aguilar.
The union, which represents 11,000 of the U.S. Border Patrol's nonsupervisory field agents, pointed to Aguilar's willingness to believe the "perjured allegations" of criminal aliens over his own agents, in a statement issued today, first reported by the Washington Times.
Ramos and Compean are among a number of agents who recently have been prosecuted on civil rights grounds for their actions in the arrests of illegal aliens and drug-smuggling suspects.
"Front-line Border Patrol agents who risk their lives protecting our borders have every reason to expect that the leadership of their own agency will support them," NBPC President T.J. Bonner said in the statement. "When this does not occur, and instead they are undermined by their so-called leaders, no one should be surprised when they express a loss of confidence in those managers."
The NBPC leadership, mostly active senior agents, cast the no-confidence vote at a recent meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The group, saying the resolution reflects growing dissatisfaction with top managers over "misguided policies and politics," listed some of the "more troubling reasons" for the no-confidence vote:
Shamelessly promoting amnesty and a greatly expanded guest worker program despite intense opposition to those concepts from the front-line Border Patrol agents who risk their lives enforcing our nation's immigration laws.
Declaring our borders to be secure while millions of people illegally slip across them every year.
Perpetuating the "strategy of deterrence" despite clear and convincing evidence that it does not deter anyone from illegally crossing the border. (This strategy requires Border Patrol agents to remain in fixed positions along the border, and in many cases prevents them from leaving those positions to pursue people who are spotted crossing illegally.)
Prohibiting Border Patrol agents from enforcing immigration laws in "interior" towns and cities, including many that are only a short distance away from the border.
Preventing Border Patrol agents from pursuing vehicles that flee from them, even those that are carrying tons of narcotics or other dangerous contraband.
Believing the perjured allegations of criminals over the sworn testimony of innocent Border Patrol agents.
Forbidding front-line Border Patrol agents from working congressionally-funded overtime at the same time the administration is trying to double the size of the workforce.
Forcing all Border Patrol stations across the country to adopt uniform shift hours, making it easier for smugglers to evade apprehension during shift changes.
Drastically shortchanging the funding for transfers of front-line Border Patrol agents in order to fund unnecessary transfers of management cronies.
Cutting corners in the hiring and training processes in order to meet recruitment goals, including the elimination of two weeks of instruction at the Border Patrol Academy.
Amid public outrage over the prosecution of Ramos and Compean, Aguilar has remained silent, the border agents complain. Ramos and Compean were sentenced earlier this year to 11 and 12 years in prison, respectively, for their actions in the shooting of a drug smuggler given immunity to testify against them. The agents contend they fired at the smuggler after he appeared to point a gun.
Meanwhile, 90 members of Congress have co-sponsored a bill calling for Ramos and Compean to be pardoned.
Border Patrol spokesman Xavier Rios told the Times the no-confidence vote was unjustified, insisting there was "no greater advocate than Chief Aguilar for the agents in the field."
"Chief Aguilar is required to make decisions every day and to make some very tough decisions, some of which are not always popular," Rios said. "But I've been in the Border Patrol for 20 years, starting at the bottom, and I can assure you the chief is committed to carrying out his assignment to the best of his ability."
Regarding the Ramos and Compean case, Rios maintained Aguilar "was not in a position to make a statement that would have made a difference."
The two agents "shot a man and made an effort to cover it up," he said.
“You’ve done a fine job, Brownie.” (that’s a last name, btw.)
If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.
Aguilar plays for the other team (and, no, that’s not a reference to his manliness.)
Alberto Gonzales..... A total idiot. Words cannot express my contempt for him. He did nothing for Ramos and Compean. It reflects poorly on GW to appoint such useless people
The boss for political purposes sold two of his employees down the river so I’m not surprised the rest of them aren’t interested in buying him a gold watch and throwing him a party !!!
People get in the position of Chief because they will do what the administration tells them to do.
People with the balls to do what is right never get the big job. Part of the deal is that if they are told to screw the troops,then the troops get screwed.
I have sen this over and over.Highly qualified,intelligent personnel are skipped over for people who will do the administrations dirty work .
I don’t know, dennis. I’ve watched people deal with things pretty well at a certain level, good and decent people who are then put into positions that they just aren’t up to and it comes as a surprise to everyone around them. Alberto is obviously one of those and I have to believe people around the President must have been getting a sense of this. Good heavens, I and others were sensing it from out here.
I think Gonzo is decent and honest and just not up to this shark infested environment. The President can’t follow all of his people around. Someone with access has got to be talking in his ear. Maybe they aren’t doing that. The whole thing just confuses me. I would think Josh Bolton and Karl Rove would be looking out for this type of thing, but they didn’t and here we are.
Alberto Gonzales is an apt reflection of “W”. He surrounds himself with people who are as inept as he is. I hate to admit it but I voted twice for our version of Jimmy Carter light.
Dunno if a duplicate. Just posted
Border agent charged with murder
When is Bush going to pardon these two agents already? What in the heck is he waiting for?
Why is President Bush providing protection of UNLAWFUL criminal immigrants who try to enter the USofA via Mexico by prosecuting Border Agents who are doing their jobs?
Why is he touting an Amnesty Bill that will provide more Border Agents if he’s going to allow Border Agents to be prosecuted for doing their jobs?
US CITIZENS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SHOOT TO KILL AND APOLOGIZE FOR THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE, BECAUSE NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO BREAK A LAW TO ENTER THE USofA!
There is a lawful way and an unlawful way to enter the USofA. If someone chooses the unlawful way, he or she becomes a TARGET. If someone chooses the lawful way, he or she becomes a “green card” holder.
Take your pick before you enter the USofA and live with the consequences!
(Some will notice I’m repeating myself on more than one FR forum.)
“It reflects poorly on GW to appoint such useless people...”
Good point, but GW appointed him because he was LOYAL and OBEDIENT. Bush has expressed his indifference about border matters by his INACTION, and Gonzales dutifully takes the heat for various failures or questionable actions at DOJ. When Bush leaves office, Gonzo will likely get rewarded big time in Texas or some other place by the Bush League.
Given that they read back a quote to him and he replied he didn’t remember every saying anything like that and they told him it was in his prepared statement before the committee -—— this guy needs to go.
President came out in full support of him, again, today.
This resolution will be used against Republicans in the next election.
Alberto Gonzales, Attorney General
David V. Aguilar, Chief, Office of Border Patrol
Xavier Rios, Border Patrol spokesman
For some reason, and I just can’t seem to put my finger on it, I don’t have much confidence in these guys to keep the illegals out.
It reflects poorly on GW to appoint such useless people”
And yet he is still the Attorney General of the Estados Unidos.
And millions of people have expressed “no confidence” in the corrupt Johnny Sutton.
Yep, and deservedly.
Post of the week. BUMP!
“After watching Alberto Gonzales testify I have very little confidence that he has looked into this in any meaningful way”
Rove.......all open borders scum.....hand picked by Mizzer Boosh.
“Gonzales is a member of the Natonal Council of La Raza, and organization which supports the “Reconquista” movement and advices illegals how to evade law-enforcement.”
WAS a member, but he is still a POS!
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If your Rep IS ON THE LIST, call them and thank them for co-sponsoring.
A little harsh, I think. Gonzalez was a good Texas Supreme Court justice, but that requires little to no oversight or management of others. I think he’s out of his depth and should resign and let GW appoint somebody with more management ability.
They should ALOS be out there calling for Alberto Gonzales resignation. ULTIMATELY he is behind this as well as the Bush Administration.
I’ve e-mailed the President with my feelings over these two American patriots and received NO RESPONSE. NADA - nothing.
“”...all 100 top leaders of the National Border Patrol Council have endorsed a no-confidence resolution against Chief David V. Aguilar.”
There is only one way things will get better. If all 11,000 agents simply resigned en mass, the government would have to clean up its act.
It seems that our judicial system can’t handle the millions of illegals here now, but we can pursue a few BP agents to the fullest extent of the law. I wonder what the response would be if millions of Americans stopped paying taxes until they got their act together?
I don’t see any Hispanic names on the cosponsors list!
What’s wrong with that picture?
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