Call for the Pardon of Unjustly Imprisoned Border Patrol Agents Resolution

by the Constitution Party National Committee – April 2007 – Boise, Idaho

Whereas, Two United States Border Patrol agents, Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos, have been confined in prison since January 18, 2007, prosecuted for actions in the course of performing their duties in seeking to arrest an illegal Mexican drug smuggler; and
 
Whereas, This smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, trying to escape after abandoning a van loaded with marijuana on U.S. territory, fought with our agent, appeared to be ready to fire upon our agents and was thereupon shot by one of our agents but escaped with minor injuries; and
 
Whereas, The injured smuggler was actually contacted in Mexico by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, offered free medical treatment in Texas and immunity to testify against our U.S. Border Patrol agents, was caught and released a second time smuggling drugs before the trial of our agents, and is being allowed by U.S. officials to sue the U.S. Border Patrol for $5 million for allegedly violating his civil rights; and
 
Whereas, The smuggler’s testimony that he was unarmed was accepted above the suppressed testimony of U.S. citizens Compean and Ramos, and the jurors were wrongly instructed that they could not have a hung jury; and
 
Whereas, both Compean and Ramos, with extended service records in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Border Patrol, have been unjustly sentenced to 12 and 11 years in prison, respectively, fired by the U.S. Border Patrol, have lost their homes because of legal expenses, the lives of their families have been threatened by Davila drug cartel associates, and Ramos has been brutalized by other prisoners, unprotected by prison officials despite official assurances of protection; therefore be it
 
Resolved, that the Constitution Party National Committee (as have 51 U.S. Congressmen and many thousands of concerned Americans) hereby calls upon the President of the United States to immediately pardon Agents Compean and Ramos, giving assurance that other U.S. Border Patrol agents will not be similarly demonized and unjustly prosecuted in connection with their efforts to apprehend illegal invaders on United States territory.