Prison ‘re­wards’ border agents

The Washington Times Weekly - - Front Page - By Jerry Seper

Two for­mer U.S. Border Pa­trol agents on Jan. 17 sur­ren­dered to be­gin prison sen­tences for shoot­ing a drug-smug­gling sus­pect in the but­tocks af­ter he as­saulted one of them, dumped nearly 800 pounds of mar­i­juana along the Rio Grande and then fled into Mex­ico.

Ig­na­cio Ramos, 37, and Jose Alonso Com­pean, 28, said good­bye to their wives and six chil­dren — three each — as they turned them­selves over to U.S. Mar­shals shortly af­ter 1:30 p.m. at the fed­eral court­house in El Paso, Texas, to be­gin 11- and 12-year sen­tences, re­spec­tively.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the Cal­i­for­nia Repub­li­can who has been at the fore­front of ef­forts to have the pros­e­cu­tion re­viewed and the agents re-tried, crit­i­cized the White House for not act­ing in the case.

“This is the worst be­trayal of Amer­i­can de­fend­ers I have ever seen,” Mr. Rohrabacher said of Pres­i­dent Bush. “It’s shame­ful this was done by some­one who is in the Repub­li­can Party. He ob­vi­ously thinks more about his agree­ments with Mex­ico than the lives of Amer­i­can peo­ple and back­ing up his de­fend­ers.

“Our border agents risk their lives daily to up­hold our im­mi­gra­tion laws and de­fend our borders,” he said. “If the con­vic­tion of

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