Former U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean
FORMER U.S. BORDER PATROL AGENTS RAMOS AND COMPEAN
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the
gentleman from North Carolina (Mr. Jones) is recognized for 5 minutes.
Mr. JONES of North Carolina. Mr. Speaker, today is the 125th day
since two U.S. Border Patrol agents entered Federal prison.
Agents Ramos and Compean were convicted in Federal court for wounding
a Mexican drug smuggler who brought 743 pounds of marijuana across our
border into Texas. These agents should have been commended for their
actions, but instead the U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted the agents
and granted full immunity to the drug smuggler. The extraordinary
details surrounding the prosecution of this case assure that justice
has not been served.
In an interview this Friday, May 18, 2007, with Glenn Beck of CNN
Headline News, U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton again repeated a false claim
about this case, stating that the agent shot "an unarmed guy in the
back." That is his quote.
Mr. Speaker, I do not know how anyone, especially this Federal
prosecutor, would choose to accept the word of a criminal over two law
enforcement officers who have sworn to uphold the Constitution and to
protect the American people. Yet this prosecutor believed the word of a
drug smuggler who claimed he was unarmed. It is a sad day in this
Nation when a criminal has more influence over a Federal prosecutor
than two law enforcement officers. I am going to repeat that, Mr.
Speaker. It is a sad day in this Nation when a criminal has more
influence over a Federal prosecutor than two law enforcement officers.
Both agents testified that the drug smuggler turned and pointed an
object at them while he was running away, and they fired in self-
defense. An Army doctor who removed the bullet fragment from the drug
smuggler confirmed that the bullet entered into his lower left
buttocks, passed through his pelvic triangle, and lodged in his right
thigh, not in the back, as Mr. Sutton has repeatedly claimed. At the
trial, the Army doctor testified that the drug smuggler's body was
"bladed" away from the bullet that struck him, consistent with the
motion of a left-handed person running away while pointing backward,
causing the body to twist.
Mr. Speaker, there is only one logical object that the drug smuggler
would have pointed at the agents in this circumstance: a firearm.
In addition to this physical evidence, an article published by the
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on October 26, 2006, quotes two of the
drug smuggler's family members who said, and I quote, "He has been
smuggling drugs since he was 14 and would not move drugs unless he had
a gun on him." That is his own family that made a statement.
The facts have shown what countless citizens and Members of Congress
already know: That the U.S. Attorneys office was on the wrong side of
this issue and this case.
I am pleased and grateful that Chairman Conyers and Chairman Leahy
have shown interest in holding hearings to investigate the injustice
committed against these two Border Patrol agents. The conviction of
these two agents is a travesty that cries out for oversight, and I hope
that Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle will say thank you
to Mr. Conyers and also to Chairman Leahy because they are willing to
look for the truth and justice instead of injustice.
And I call on the President of the United States to, please, Mr.
President, look at this case and pardon these two border agents that
were only trying to protect the American people.
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