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  • Border Agent Sentenced to 2 Years for Abuse of Immigrant Who Claims he Received No Injuries

    10/27/2011 7:33:19 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies · 1+ views
    A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to two years in prison for improperly handling a teenager he had handcuffed the boy, a smuggling suspect. Prosecutors claimed agent Jesus “Chito” Diaz was responsible for the bruises sustained by a 15-year-old boy during an October 2008 arrest near the Ro Grande in Texas. Diaz, 31, was charged with depriving the teenager of his constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force when he lifted the boy improperly by his arms, and put his knee in his back. Diaz’s attorneys said that no injuries were sustained from a...
  • Border Agent Ramos family had their Christmas presents stolen

    12/24/2009 5:30:19 AM PST · by Ladycalif · 37 replies · 1,661+ views
    El Paso Times ^ | 12/24/2009
    While en route to El Paso they stopped to sleep at a a quinta and when the awoke this morning all the gifts were stolen.
  • Jose Compean Thanks His Supporters (pic)

    07/04/2009 6:49:53 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 35 replies · 1,784+ views
    July 4, 2009
    Jose Compean and his family were guests of the Temecula California Republican Assembly. The California Republican Assembly have been contact supporters of Ramos and Compean. Jose answered questions and expressed his gratitude for everyone's support. He noted the prison officials were as supportive as they could be. His mail was read by a supervisor and one day he got over 300 letters and it supervisor told him it took over six hours to read the mail. The supervisor told Compean it was good to see the American People rallying around him. He states that much happened in the trial...
  • Border agents shoot suspected drug smuggler in N.M.

    02/20/2009 11:48:03 AM PST · by AndrewC · 68 replies · 1,178+ views
    KTAR.COM ^ | February 20th, 2009 @ 8:49am | Associated Press
    EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Border Patrol agents have shot a man authorities describe as a suspected drug smuggler in the New Mexico desert west of Santa Teresa. ...
  • Breaking! Ramos is out of prision! No word on Compeon yet

    02/17/2009 7:53:09 AM PST · by alice_in_bubbaland · 68 replies · 2,464+ views
    Glenn Beck Show | Me
    Just heard that Ramos has been released from prison. There will be no media access until March 20, 2009.
  • President Commutes Sentences for Ramos & Compean on Final Day of Office

    01/19/2009 1:03:02 PM PST · by JOAT · 97 replies · 2,416+ views
    U.S. Border Control [] ^ | 01/19/2009 | Edward I. Nelson
    Dear XXXX: After making them suffer two long and painful years in solitary confinement in a maximum security prison, President Bush, on his very last day of office, having received more than five million emails, letters, postcards and telephone calls from citizens all across the country, finally commuted the sentences of Ignacio "Nacho" Ramos and Jose Compean, two brave and decorated Border Patrol agents, improperly charged with the non-crime of using a firearm as they stopped a drug dealer from bringing in more than 700 pounds of narrcotics into the U.S. Please accept my thanks for your great effort in...
  • Bush Commutes Sentences of Two Border Agents Convicted of Shooting Drug Dealer

    01/19/2009 9:58:40 AM PST · by E.G.C. · 501 replies · 16,399+ views
    AP ^ | 1-19-09 | DEB RIECHMANN
  • Monica Ramos and Patti Compean On Glenn Beck's "Inaugural" Show - 5 pm Eastern Tonight

    01/19/2009 1:57:47 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 1,129+ views
    Glenn kicks offhis new show tonight with the first interview by Monica Ramos and Patty Compean (wives of jailed border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean) since the jailed border patrol agents had their sentences commuted today by President Bush. Plus a revealing interview with Sarah Palin---don't miss the highly anticipated premiere tonight at 5p on FOX News Channel! Bold. Brash. Beck!
  • Backers of jailed border agents appeal to Bush

    01/15/2009 7:01:02 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 51 replies · 928+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 15, 2009 | Sara A. Carter
    Monica Ramos and Patty Compean still have hope. It is the slim hope that President Bush will, in his administration's final hours, commute the sentences of their husbands. Ignacio "Nacho" Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, two former Border Patrol agents, were sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison, respectively, in October 2006 in the nonfatal shooting of a now-convicted Mexican drug smuggler. They have been in federal prison since January 2007. The convictions of the two men led to an outcry across the nation, and nearly a half-million signatures were collected for a presidential pardon. The notoriety of the...
  • Let's try this to release Ramos and Compean!

    01/07/2009 6:10:32 PM PST · by Sun · 19 replies · 611+ views
    Many of us have been contacting President Bush, over and over again, to pardon or commute the sentences of Ramos and Compean. Davila, the drug dealer got less time than our border patrol agents. The families of these men are suffering, as well as the men. So let's contact VP Cheney and ask him to use his influence and hopefully convince Bush to let these men go free! Here's his email: Vice President Richard Cheney: If you're a good talker, call talk shows and get radio listeners to contact President Bush, and VP Cheney.
  • Hispanics bolster Border Patrol: They now hold 52 percent of agents' jobs

    12/31/2008 10:10:44 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 38 replies · 948+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 29, 2008 | James Pinkerton
    ... [T]he expanded border agency is now 54 percent minority. Hispanics [...] comprise 52 percent of the agents. Since the Bush administration mandated hiring 6,000 new agents to boost the force to 18,000 by the end of this year, the ranks of Hispanic agents have mushroomed. The roughly 6,400 Hispanic agents on duty in 2006 increased 45 percent to about 9,300 last month. ... But there are some concerns about thousands of new agents enforcing laws in the same communities where they have strong family ties, some that extend across the border. ''The problem I think that will come up...
  • Petition Pres. Bush to pardon Ramos and Compean

    12/28/2008 5:29:42 PM PST · by blueyon · 16 replies · 670+ views
    My mind - hahah | 12-28-08 | Blueyon
    I had a brain storm and am asking ALL Freeper's to join in on e-mailing, calling or faxing the White house (see for phone numbers and email address)and kindly ask Pres. Bush to issue a pardon for Ramos and Compean. These border guards should not be in jail. If you are not familiar with the case you can read about it at
  • [South Texas:] Ex-Border Patrol agent sentenced to seven years for smuggling

    12/23/2008 10:58:00 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies · 1,839+ views
    The Brownsville Herald/The Monitor ^ | December 22, 2008 | Jeremy Roebuck
    McALLEN - A former U.S. Border Patrol agent was sentenced in federal court Monday to serve more than seven years in prison for his role in a cocaine smuggling conspiracy. Reynaldo Zuniga, 34, of Harlingen, pleaded guilty in September to using his official vehicle to drive drug traffickers past areas where they were most likely to be caught. Zuniga told investigators he accepted $1,200 to make the drive between the banks of the Rio Grande and an Hidalgo Whataburger at least five times before his arrest June 6, according to court documents. He is at least the fifth local Border...
  • Mr. President, Free the Border Agents (more irresponsible demagoguery from Dana Rohrabacher)

    12/17/2008 4:51:58 PM PST · by EveningStar · 43 replies · 972+ views
    Human Events ^ | December 16, 2008 | Dana Rohrabacher
    For over two and a half years, the unjust prosecution and imprisonment of U.S. Border Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean has weighed heavy on the hearts and minds of millions of Americans.
  • Rapper Nabs One of Bush's Prison Passes (caught with 31 pounds of cocaine)

    11/25/2008 10:39:24 AM PST · by weegee · 27 replies · 2,047+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | POSTED: 06:41 PM ET, 11/24/2008 | Derek Kravitz
    A Grammy Award-winning rapper and music producer originally sentenced to 14 years in prison for smuggling cocaine is one of 16 people receiving pardons or reduced sentences from President Bush. John Edward Forte of North Brunswick, N.J., a graduate of the elite Phillips Exeter Academy prep school who later became a producer for the rap group The Fugees and released two albums on his own, was caught in 2000 at Newark International Airport with two briefcases filled with $1.4 million worth of liquid cocaine, according to court documents. Forte, 33, a first-time offender, was convicted of possessing the 31 pounds...
  • Lou Dobbs: Outrageous, Bush pardons 14 people, including drug dealers, but not Ramos & Compean

    11/25/2008 12:50:24 AM PST · by flattorney · 209 replies · 3,327+ views
    CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight ^ | November 24, 2008 | Transcript Staff
    - - Tonight an outrageous move from the White House, President Bush pardoning 14 people, including drug dealers. But not former border patrol agents Ramos and Compean. DOBBS: President Bush today granted 14 pardons and he commuted two prison sentences. Five of those given clemency were convicted of serious drug charges. In what is an outrageous miscarriage of justice, former border patrols Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean serving lengthy prison sentences were not included on the president's list. They are serving those sentences for shooting and wounding an illegal alien drug dealer who they were pursuing and who was given...
  • Bush pardons 14 and commutes 2 prison sentences

    11/24/2008 3:48:08 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 75 replies · 4,206+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 Nov 2008 | Deb Riechmann
    WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush has granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others convicted of misdeeds ranging from drug offenses to tax evasion, from wildlife violations to bank embezzlement, The Associated Press learned Monday. The new round of White House pardons are Bush's first since March and come less than two months before he will end his presidency. The crimes committed by those on the list also include offenses involving hazardous waste, food stamps, and the theft of government property. Bush has been stingy during his time in office about handing out such...
  • Ramos, Compean Commutation under Review by U.S. Pardon Attorney

    11/21/2008 7:47:10 PM PST · by Sun · 18 replies · 404+ views ^ | November 19, 2008 | Fred Lucas
    Ignacio Ramos (AP Photo)( – In the waning days of the Bush administration, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is mulling whether to recommend a commutation for the two former Border Patrol agents jailed for more than a decade each for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler in the buttocks. The case is now before the DOJ’s Pardon Attorney Donald Rodgers. The Office of Pardon Attorney works in consultation with the attorney general’s office to assist the president, who has sole power of clemency in federal cases under the Constitution. Ultimately, it is the president’s call regardless of what the Office of...
  • Justice for Two

    11/21/2008 12:33:08 PM PST · by ZULU · 6 replies · 506+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 21, 2008 | Mychal Massie
    President Bush has disappointed his staunchest supporters no few times during his presidency, but nothing — not even his failed attempt to force a flawed immigration bill upon the nation — has been more disappointing than his refusal to pardon or commute the sentences of incarcerated border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean. On Dec. 11, 29 convicted criminals received presidential pardons. They included persons convicted of tax evasion and bank fraud, and drug smugglers and dealers and a moonshiner. However, while Mr. Bush was willing to extend the ultimate gift of the season to corrupt criminal elements, he...
  • Why in God's name are Ramos and Compean still in prison?!

    08/28/2008 1:44:28 PM PDT · by djsherin · 95 replies · 180+ views
    28 August 2008 | djsherin
    I heard Glenn Beck talking about them the other day and I was thinking about their situation... what did these men do wrong?! They are in prison for doing their jobs. This goes beyond tying one hand behind our border patrol agents' backs; this is like lopping their arms off and kicking them on the ground. These men literally did nothing wrong yet they sit rotting in federal prison for more than a decade. The leaders of the country they swore to protect have betrayed them both and have left them to a horrible fate. I can think of no...
  • Rick Warren, Obama, McCain at Saddleback (pictures -lots of Pictures)

    08/16/2008 9:27:36 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 54 replies · 2,642+ views
    Fox news ^ | 8/16/2008
    Lots of groups were there. LA Answer, the peace group, was aggressive and loud. The Obama supporters were subdued. AARP was there, as was a large group of Ron Paul Supporters. There was a large anti abortion group. Every one of the Pro - McCain supporters agreed that the border needs to be secured. Law Enforcement was great, horse patrol was there. A Few of the LA Answer Peace advocates had to be detained for pushing and shoving. Mc Cain was much more on point than Obama, who seemed to be vague and rambling.
  • Protesters gear up for Saddleback presidential forum (OC, CA)

    08/14/2008 12:48:30 PM PDT · by TheDon · 8 replies · 184+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | August 13, 2008 | ALEJANDRA MOLINA
    From opponents of illegal immigration to anti-war activists, demonstrators are gearing up for the presidential candidates' first and only confirmed joint appearance before the party conventions this Saturday at Saddleback Church. ... Authorities expect anywhere between 800 to 1,500 demonstrators to line up along sidewalks surrounding the church, said Lt. Don Barnes, chief of police services for Lake Forest. Ian Thompson with A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition (Act Now To Stop War & End Racism), said his group is expecting many hundreds to protest the war in Iraq, among other issues. ... At least 15 different protests are expected outside the church, including...
  • Drug smuggler in '05 shooting sentenced

    08/07/2008 6:06:16 AM PDT · by Califreak · 41 replies · 160+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 7, 2008 | Jerry Seper
    An admitted drug smuggler whom two U.S. Border Patrol agents shot in the buttocks as he fled back to Mexico was sentenced Wednesday to 9 1/2 years in federal prison on drug-related charges. Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, who pleaded guilty in April on charges of drug smuggling and conspiracy, was at the center of a firestorm of criticism in 2005 after Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean were sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison, respectively, for the shooting incident. The sentencing came a little more than a week after a federal appeals court upheld the agents' lengthy...
  • July 4th At The Border -pics- Duncan D Hunter, Agent Ramos Update

    07/04/2008 10:29:42 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 16 replies · 216+ views
    On the 4th of July, the Campo Minutemen will join other Border Watch Groups for a Bar-B-Que at Camp Vigilance in Boulevard, CA.
  • Pardon Ramos and Compean

    05/16/2008 9:51:33 AM PDT · by kingattax · 112 replies · 169+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 15, 2008
    If President Bush would simply pardon the unjustly imprisoned former Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, we could all rest much easier knowing that in the United States, a foreign drug smuggler's word does not prevail over the word of federal agents in the line of duty. This week, the Kentucky-based group, Christians Reviving America's Values, filed an ethics complaint with the Texas Bar Association to investigate U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, whom the group argues willfully misled a jury to convict the agents. Here is a refresher on the case for those who need it: Messrs. Ramos and...
  • Judaical Watch Fund Raiser - lots of pics

    04/06/2008 2:16:20 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 6 replies · 79+ views
    April 5, 2008
    A wonderful evening, with our gracious hosts. Congressman Ed Royce was there and discussed the Ramos and Compean Situation. The Mayor of Orange was there, and discussed the success of their Day Labor Ordinance. John Paul Ledesma, Mission Viejo City Councilman was there as was Neil Blais, the Mayor of Rancho Cucamonga who will be running for Todd Switzer's assembly seat.
  • No Pardon Promise for Ex-Border Patrol Agents

    07/19/2007 6:39:50 PM PDT · by Rodney King · 75 replies · 1,365+ views
    CNSnews ^ | today | Fred Lucas
    No Pardon Promise for Ex-Border Patrol Agents By Fred Lucas Staff Writer July 19, 2007 (1st Add: Adds background.) ( - President George W. Bush Thursday praised the federal prosecutor who was grilled two days earlier by a Senate panel for his role in the conviction of two U.S. Border Patrol agents for the shooting a drug dealer. Taking questions from members of the Nashville, Tenn., Chamber of Commerce after a speech, Bush declined to promise to pardon the two agents, as a growing number of lawmakers are urging. "I'm not going to make that kind of promise in...
  • Bulletin reporter Sara Carter wins 2006 Katz Award (Daily Bulletin , Immigration 'beat' writer)

    05/27/2006 10:40:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 324+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 5/27/06 | Daily Bulletin
    Daily Bulletin reporter Sara Carter was named the winner of the 2006 Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in Coverage of Immigration the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Immigration Studies. This award "is intended to promote informed and fair reporting on this most contentious and complicated issue," according to the center. In announcing the award, the center cited stories, which Carter broke, about U.S. officials alerting the Mexican government to the activities of civilian border patrols and stories about drug cartels placing bounties on Texas law enforcement officers. "The body of her reporting over the past year is an important example of...
  • Gang plots border attack (MS-13)

    01/30/2006 9:05:38 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 57 replies · 4,102+ views
    Daily Bulletin (Ontario, california) ^ | 1/30/2006 | Sara A. Carter and Kenneth Todd Ruiz
    Members of a violent international gang working for drug cartels in Central and South America are planning coordinated attacks along the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a Department of Homeland Security document obtained by the Daily Bulletin. Detailed inside a Jan. 20 officer safety alert, the plot's ultimate goal is to "begin gaining control of areas, cities and regions within the U.S." The information comes from the interrogation of a captured member of Mara Savatrucha, or MS-13, a transnational criminal syndicate born from displaced El Salvadoran death squads from the 1980s. The MS-13 member, who claimed to have smuggled...
  • Chertoff plays down border incursion reports [January 18, 2006]

    04/19/2006 2:28:03 PM PDT · by robowombat · 54 replies · 1,195+ views
    News Clip from Daily Bulletin ^ | 01-18-06 | Mason Stockstill
    Chertoff plays down border incursion reports By Mason Stockstill, Staff Writer Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Wednesday played down reports outlining hundreds of border incursions by the Mexican military over the last 10 years. Chertoff, speaking to reporters in Washington, D.C., acknowledged that the Border Patrol has long known of crossings by uniformed troops, which some agents in border states say shows a level of collusion between Mexican military officers and drug-smuggling cartels. But he suggested that many of the incursions could have been innocent mistakes -- such as authorities in Mexico crossing into the United States in desert...
  • CA: Minutemen to begin border patrol

    10/01/2005 10:36:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 586+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 10/1/05 | Sara A. Carter
    With lawn chairs, binoculars and water bottles in tow, civilian volunteers will begin patrolling California's southern border today with hopes of drawing further attention to illegal immigration. But their arrival is being met by serious opposition. Chris Simcox, co-founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a civilian border watch group that began patrolling the Arizona/Mexico border in April, announced Friday the expansion of the controversial project to California and New Mexico as well as three states along the northern U.S. border with Canada. "In the name of public safety and national security something needs to be done," Simcox said, speaking...
  • Border Patrol fears run-ins with Mexican military

    12/19/2005 5:50:43 PM PST · by Shooter1001 · 38 replies · 1,086+ views
    Daily ^ | 12/19/2005 | Sara A. Carter, Staff Writer
    Border Patrol fears run-ins with Mexican military In the Sonoran desert along the Texas border, Border Patrol agents say they're often confronted by corrupt Mexican military units in the employ of violent drug smugglers. These run-ins have become so regular that the Department of Homeland Security eventually issued written directives a "what to do" list, of sorts" that agents carry with them while patrolling the area.
  • Reporter Sara Carter honored for immigration stories - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

    06/10/2006 9:58:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 282+ views
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sara Carter of the Daily Bulletin was honored Friday for her work covering immigration in the past year. At a panel luncheon ceremony near Capitol Hill, Carter was presented with the Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration, presented annually by the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington think tank. CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian praised Carter for her willingness to pursue stories in border regions few reporters have visited, and noted her reporting had attracted the attention of readers all over the country, including members of Congress. Krikorian noted that Carter's reporting affected...
  • Smuggling, drug-running, violence defines Mexican border: testimony

    07/06/2006 9:55:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 1,630+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 7/6/06 | Sara A. Carter
    SAN DIEGO - Narcotics syndicates operating along the southern border are a threat to the security of the United States, and not enough is being done to close the nation's borders to would-be terrorists, government witnesses told U.S. congressional leaders Wednesday. The House Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Non-proliferation held the first of several field hearings on border security and terrorism at the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station in San Diego. During testimony, law enforcement agents, researchers and federal officials said they lack the funding, manpower and technology to fully secure the nation's northern and southern borders. "Drug cartels, smuggling...
  • Convicted border agent tells his story

    08/06/2006 10:57:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 131 replies · 3,050+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 8/6/06 | Sara A. Carter
    EL PASO, Texas - Border Patrol Agent Ignacio Ramos could hear his heart racing. He could feel the dry, hot dust burning against his skin as he chased a drug trafficker trying to flee back into Mexico. Ramos' fellow agent, Jose Alonso Compean, was lying on the ground behind him, banged up and bloody from a scuffle with the much-bigger smuggler moments earlier. Suddenly the smuggler turned toward the pursuing Ramos, gun in hand. Ramos, his own weapon already drawn, shot at him, though the man was able to flee into the brush and escape the agents. Now, nearly 18...
  • US Border Patrol Action Alert!

    08/08/2006 6:59:51 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 48 replies · 2,328+ views
    US Border Patrol Agent Ignacio Ramos attorney is Mary Stillinger (article at the end of this email) (915) 544-0415 I just spoke with Attorney Mary Stillinger's legal assistant, Ruth. She said that the U.S. Border Patrol Agents are scheduled for their sentencing on August 22nd. Ruth said IF WE SEND LETTERS stating the border patrol agents have been wrongly accused THAT ATTORNEY MARY STILLINGER CAN USE OUR LETTERS WHEN SHE GOES BEFORE THE JUDGE on August 22nd. Letters could be helpful for both the sentencing and the appeal in this case, she said. I have been researching this issue...
  • Convicted border agents finding a lot of supporters (Letters to Judge are welcome)

    08/13/2006 10:13:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,146+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 8/13/06 | Sara A. Carter
    A conservative grass-roots organization has gathered nearly 40,000 signatures since Wednesday on a petition to be sent to President Bush on behalf of two Border Patrol agents convicted of violating a drug smuggler's civil rights. Two of the jurors who convicted the agents also are expressing misgivings about the verdict, saying they were pressured by other jury members and the prosecution to reach a quick decision in the case. Grassfire, a nonprofit organization that uses online petitions to affect legislation, has created a special Web link and letter to President Bush for Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, who were...
  • Up Date From Campo, CA Minutemen (Mad Maxx Returns -Pics)

    08/20/2006 11:54:08 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 3 replies · 420+ views
    Mexican Neighbor Shows Rope Tricks Buddy and Kingfish Roofer 1 and a roofer 2, Chicago, Chechstan, Howard and Max San Diego Union Tribune: Interviews Kingfish Showing the photographer over the fence figuring out the cell phone Max, JJ Kingfish, Chicago Felix Cartel Drug House
  • Border agents get congressional support (Feinstein asks Senate Judiciary Committee to review case)

    08/22/2006 9:46:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 910+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 8/22/06 | Sara A. Carter
    California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to fully review the case of two Border Patrol agents facing 20 years in prison for violating a drug smuggler's civil rights. Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., went even further, sending a letter to President Bush asking him to personally review the case. Border Patrol agent Ignacio Ramos broke his 18-month silence on his altercation with the drug smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Bulletin. His co-worker, Jose Alonso Compean, has been asked by his attorney to not speak to the media while his sentencing hearing...
  • Leaders push for delay in border agents' case

    09/08/2006 1:27:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 352+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 9/8/06 | Sara A. Carter
    In an ongoing effort to fully examine the circumstances behind two Border Patrol agents' convictions for shooting a fleeing drug smuggler, congressional leaders called on the Department of Justice on Thursday to suspend sentencing the agents pending a full congressional investigation and hearing into their case. At a news conference in Washington, D.C., Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., and five other congressional representatives asked U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to reopen the case of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean and delay the agents' Oct. 18 sentencing hearing. Ramos and Compean are facing up to 20 years in prison for...
  • Drug cartel-terrorist ties known in 2001

    08/14/2007 8:37:56 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 17 replies · 725+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 14, 2007 | Sara A. Carter
    A former director of the Drug Enforcement Administration warned federal officials shortly after the September 11 attacks that violent drug cartels from Mexico were teaming with Muslim gangs to fund terrorist organizations overseas. Asa Hutchinson, who also has been a Homeland Security undersecretary, said that in 2001, DEA agents uncovered the link between the drug cartels and terrorist groups but too few government officials listened. "I think it's important to recognize that the link between terrorism and drug trafficking exists," said Mr. Hutchinson in a phone interview from Arkansas. "While we are fighting terrorists, we should not neglect our fight...
  • Border agents denied delay (Oct. 19th sentencing date)

    10/11/2006 10:14:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 123 replies · 2,422+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 10/11/06 | Louie Gilot and Sara Carter
    EL PASO, Texas -- The two former Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a drug smuggler in the buttocks last year were denied a postponement of their sentencing during a heated court hearing Tuesday. Lawyers for the agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, hope that a congressional hearing to review the case, which has been promised for the week of Nov. 13, would reduce the sentencing guidelines that apply in the case. Mary Stillinger, Ramos' lawyer, said her idea was that the hearings, which have not been formally scheduled by the House Judiciary Committee, could lead to legislation to...
  • GOP reps call for immediate hearing on Border Patrol Agents case

    12/03/2006 2:34:33 PM PST · by radar101 · 31 replies · 1,099+ views
    Inland Daily Bulletin ^ | 3 DEC 2006 | Sara A. Carter,
    Fifteen congressional representatives this week urged the outgoing chairman of the House Judiciary Committee to immediately hold hearings in the case of two Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a drug smuggler. The congressmen, led by Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., made their plea in a letter to committee Chairman Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis. The group included California Reps. Ken Calvert, R-Riverside, whose district includes Norco, and Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R- Orange, and Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, also signed the letter. Sensenbrenner could not be reached late Friday for comment. "The purpose...
  • Former (Border Patrol)agents can seek pardon (GOOD NEWS!)

    12/22/2006 4:58:51 AM PST · by radar101 · 103 replies · 2,860+ views
    Inland Daily Bulletin ^ | 12/22/2006 | Sara A. Carter
    Former Border Patrol Agent Jose Alonso Compean attends a press conference and rally on Thursday, December 21, 2006 in front of the Old Orange County Courthouse where supporters, led by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher requested the President pardon both Compean and fellow agent Ignacio Ramos' conviction for the non fatal shooting of a Mexican citizen smuggling drugs into the United States. Compean and Ramos are both facing more than 10 years in prison. In the first official response of any kind to several congressional letters sent on behalf of two former Border Patrol agents, the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday...
  • Links between illegal immigration, terrorism, drug trade worry U.S officials

    01/27/2007 3:22:03 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 60 replies · 1,380+ views
    Inland Daily Bulletin ^ | 12/29/2006 | Sara A. Carter
    COLUMBUS, N.M. - On Sept. 5, a man calling himself Miguel Alfonso Salinas was apprehended off a deserted highway near the U.S.-Mexico border. The tinted windows on Alfonso Salinas' The tinted windows on Alfonso Salinas' vehicle aroused the suspicion of Border Patrol agents patrolling a dark and desolate stretch of Highway 9, which runs parallel to the border and is the site of large numbers of illegal crossings. The agents discovered three Mexican migrants in the vehicle with Alfonso Salinas. But what they discovered several days later made a far greater impression. Alfonso Salinas was not who he seemed, according...
  • Policy supports agents--Written reports can only be made by investigators

    02/06/2007 4:53:08 AM PST · by radar101 · 42 replies · 848+ views
    Inland Daily Bulletin ^ | 6 FEB 2007 | Sara A. Carter
    Two convicted former El Paso Border Patrol agents accused by the U.S. Attorney of not filing a report when they shot a Mexican drug smuggler were prohibited by their own agency's firearms policy from doing so, according to documents obtained by the Daily Bulletin. Meanwhile, the government made public Monday its response to Border Patrol Agent Ignacio Ramos' October motion to reduce his sentence. The response contends that Ramos and fellow agent Jose Alonso Compean knowingly shot an unarmed suspect, filed a false report, and that supervisors were not notified. Attached to the motion were domestic violence arrest reports regarding...
  • Two reports clash on agents - study also fails to back what House members were told (Ramos/Compean)

    02/08/2007 10:21:37 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 52 replies · 1,245+ views
    San Bernardino Sun ^ | 02/08/2007 | Sara A. Carter
    A new Department of Homeland Security report about two Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a drug smuggler directly contradicts key conclusions reached by the department's own investigator on the case. The report also does not support assertions about the agents made by the department's Office of Inspector General to several members of Congress during a private meeting last fall. The Report of Investigation, written Nov. 20 - 21 months after the shooting - and released Wednesday, concludes that nine other agents at the scene of the shooting did not know it had taken place and thus were not responsible...
  • Man agents shot ran drugs into U.S. after he was given immunity, DEA report says [Ramos/Compean]

    02/27/2007 3:21:08 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 125 replies · 2,053+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 02/27/2007 | Sara A. Carter
    The Mexican national shot by two Border Patrol agents in a drug-related incident in February 2005 brought a second van load of drugs into the U.S. while he waited to testify against the agents, according to Drug Enforcement Administration reports obtained by the Daily Bulletin. Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila - who was given immunity by U.S. prosecutors in exchange for testifying against former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean - is the focus of a November 2005 DEA report that identifies him as the person responsible for stashing more than 750 pounds of marijuana in a van parked at a house...
  • Agents' pardon urged of Bush

    11/20/2007 8:50:33 AM PST · by AuntB · 365 replies · 175+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Nov. 19, 2007 | Sara Carter
    Top conservatives have joined ranking House leaders in their bid to pressure the president to pardon two Border Patrol agents ........... ......... 31 major conservative petitioners joined a campaign led by Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican and presidential candidate, asking President Bush to pardon Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean before Thanksgiving........ "History has proven that the mere words and deeds of a president can change the course of history and profoundly affect both the tone and direction of the nation's moral character for generations to come," said the letter signed by 31 petitioners, mostly from Christian conservative groups and...
  • Bush to talk to border agents' families

    01/20/2007 6:20:34 AM PST · by Ladycalif · 275 replies · 3,158+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | Sara Carter
    President Bush is expected to reach out to the families of two Texas Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a Mexican drug smuggler. White House staff contacted former agent Ignacio Ramos' family early Friday, assuring them the president would call them soon, said Monica Ramos, the agent's wife.