Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Border Agent Fiasco

The recent case of two border control agents convicted for shooting and illegal alien and drug runner fleeing back to Mexico is a complex and convoluded case that shows our southern border to be nothing but a mess that the clowns in Washington do not want to seem to solve.
The agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, were convicted on Decmeber 1, 2006, for trying to detain a suspected Illegal, Osvaldo Aldrete Davila. He fled and had marijuana in his possesion. Essentially, the two agents were convicted for a bad shoot, going into Mexico to get him and trying to cover it up.
There are a lot of flaws in how the agents were convicted.
It has become a cause celebre for the Pat Buchanan shut the borders down crowd.
But, those of us who want legitimate border control, which includes a fence, major increases in the border patrol and utilizing the National Guard much more than being done now, are realizing that something is not right.
What needs to be done?
A) Get to the bottom of the Homeland Security agent in charge who testified before congress as to why he lied before them. FInd out if the subordanates gave false information.
B) Expedite the trial transcript. Once there is a complete reading of the trial transcript, one of two conclusions be drawn. Everything that the prosucution presented was acurate and the agents were given a fair trial. Or there was faulty evidence and the agents have grounds for an appeal.
C) Make sure that the agents are NOT in the general prison population. Agent Ramos was severely beaten by, you gussed it, illegal alliens in the fedreal prison system. The agents must be protected while they are in prison and pending appeal of the conviction.
The president CAN pardon the agents and end this potential debacle. He can do it in good faith to negotiate real immigration reform. It is a long shot, but something has to be done to put this issue to rest.

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