"Michael, What Can I Do To Support Our Border Patrol Agents?"
That's the question I've been asked most often today as two American Border Patrol agents report to prison for committing the "crime" of defending our borders.
Agents Ramos and Campean were doing their job when they
a) stopped an immigration criminal from entering America;
b) stopped his drug-laden van from making it to an American neighborhood
c) shot the criminal as he fled, believing that he was point a gun at the agents at the time.
Criminals? They sound like heroes to me. At the worst, their actions should be covered by the "no harm, no foul" rule.
Ah, but this is America. The Bush administration tracked down the wounded criminal in Mexico, brought him to America, dropped all charges against him and then had him testify against the Border Patrol agents who denied him his right to deal drugs in the US.
The dirtbag drug dealer thanked the American government by promptly filing a $5 million lawsuit against the US for violating his civil right to violate our immigration laws.
The US Asst. Attorney who prosecuted these two claimed that one reason she went after them is that they pursued the illegal immigrant, and that's against policy. "The Border Patrol pursuit policy does not allow pursuit," she said.
Oh, I feel a LOT safer now...
It's absolutely outrageous. So what do we do about it?
You can start by signing this petition on behalf of Ramos and Compean.
Then email your Congressman and ask him/her to join the members of Congress asking President Bush to pardon these two agents.
Then call the White House at 202-456-1111.
These two Border Patrol agents each face at least 10 years in prison. Every year of that 10 years, more and more immigration criminals will cross our border, welcomed by politicians like Sen. Kennedy and Gov. Patrick.
President Bush, before you grant an amnesty to the 20 million immigration criminals who violated our borders, couldn't you find time to grant it to two Americans who tried to protect it?