Update on fate of former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos, Jose Compean

Yesterday, Seeing Red AZ posted an overview of the unreasonable treatment and excessive sentences meted out to former U.S. Border Patrol agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. We called upon President Bush to pardon the men or at least commute their sentences.

The article carried the lengthy title: President Bush: As you leave office, do the right thing – commute the sentences of U.S. Border patrol agents.

At the time it was written, we were unaware that Jose Compean was being resentenced that very day and Ignacio Ramos is scheduled to appear in court today for his resentencing. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out some convictions against Ramos and Compean earlier this year, prompting Wednesday’s actions, but the court upheld the majority of the case, according to an AP account on OneNewsNow.

Ramos and Compean are serving 11- and 12-year prison sentences, respectively, after a jury convicted them in 2006 of violating federal gun laws and covering up the shooting of a drug smuggler as he fled back to Mexico after driving across the border with 743 pounds of marijuana.

U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton gave the smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, immunity to serve as the government’s star witness and testify against the border agents.

We reminded readers that in 2007 President Bush commuted the 2 1/2 year prison sentence of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, before he spent a single day in federal prison.

It is long past time for Bush to show mercy to these border agents who were prosecuted while a drug smuggler went free. As of today, there are only 68 days until the president leaves office. Time is running out.

Once again, we include White House contact information, which is available here.

6 Responses to Update on fate of former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos, Jose Compean

  1. Stanford says:

    That this miscarriage of justice is ongoing, speaks volumes about the Bush administration’s policy of Mexico First! I am thoroughly disgusted that a commutation of sentence has not been handed down to these men. Bush should stand tall for the two U.S. Border Patrol agents rather than acquiescing to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

  2. Virginia says:

    Well there are still 68 days left for him to act righteously. Remember the rash of pardons handed out by Bill Clinton on his way out the door? He even gave international financier/thugs a pass. The very least this current president can do is remember officers Ramos and Compean with the same degree of kindess. They were merely doing their jobs.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Yes, Virginia, the officers (both Mexican-Americans!) were merely doing their jobs. But the job they were doing was keeping illegal Mexicans out. They were acting adverse to George Bush’s open border desires. He won’t lift a finger to assist them, or give these fathers and husbands back to their families.

  4. Gimlet says:

    Lewis “Scooter” Libby was in a different league. The Border Patrol agents are far from Bush’s elite pack of cronies. They are easily expendable in order for him to make his point of showing his loyalty to the Hispanic Caucus. And a whole lot of good it did the Republican ticket. The Hispanic vote went overwhemingly to Obama in spite of all of Bush and McCain’s butt kissing!

  5. CW says:

    Right now, George Bush and Johnny Sutton are sipping lattes with Grant Woods, while they review the pictures and videos at


    They’re looking for any evidence they can find to prosecute more Border Patrol agents.

    They’re probably thinking the alien trails should be paved, and shuttle buses implemented.

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