Who’s Side Are We On?
More news from the second front: the battle for the border continues and our government is on the wrong side.
Opinion Editorial from U.S. Representative Judge Ted Poe (TX-02)
The fate of two Texas Border Agents are on the line as a result of our government putting the rights of an illegal drug smuggler before those of American citizens. What is to become of our country when our own government takes sides with illegals?
Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were convicted of assault with serious bodily injury and a civil rights violation in the wounding of a Mexican National who was fleeing from them after smuggling 800 pounds of marijuana into the United States. The incident took place in the small town of Fabens, Texas, about 40 miles south of El Paso. Sentencing for these two men has been postponed until October of this year and the fight for their freedom has garnered the attention of lawmakers across the board.
This week I joined several of my colleagues in sending a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to conduct a complete investigation into the case. One of the most disturbing aspects in the prosecution of this case was that the illegal drug smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, was granted full immunity to testify against U.S. Border Agents, Ramos and Compean.
In a United States court of law, an illegal drug smuggler’s word was given more credibility than that of two American citizens who have sworn to enforce and uphold our laws. To add insult to injury, Aldrete-Davila was given complete medical care at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer. And if that were not enough, Aldrete-Davila is now suing the United States Border Patrol for violating his civil rights to the tune of $5 million.
While waiting free to testify, Aldrete-Davila was arrested again for drug smuggling and once again given immunity from the prosecutor. As a former judge, I do not believe anyone, including law enforcement, is above the law. However, I also do not believe that is in the best interest of the law to place the credibility of a drug smuggling illegal who attacked and ran from the law above the testimony of sworn law enforcement officers.
One thing that is consistent is that Ramos and Compean testified that Aldrete-Davila had a gun, but the prosecution felt that the violation of border patrol policy to chase a criminal outweighed the fact the agents were confronted with a situation they believed to be life-threatening. I strongly believe a full investigation into this case and the policies of the U.S. Border Patrol are critical. The government’s aggressive prosecution has further diminished any faith law enforcement has in them and the American public’s trust in their ability to secure our borders.
The prosecutor in this case appears to be working for the Mexican government instead of the American people. Agents Ramos and Compean, and thousands like them, put their lives on the line everyday to stop illegals like Aldrete-Davila from violating our laws and smuggling drugs, guns and humans into our country. The federal government fights them every step of the way making our border agents nothing more than highly trained Wal-Mart greeters.
Without the will of the government to recognize our borders, we will cease to be a country at all. The American people are sick to death of the invasion of our country and the political correctness that has eroded the American culture. The one nation, indivisible by God that stands for liberty and justice is being replaced with a nation of individual societies pledging allegiance to foreign countries.
It is time to take back our borders and our country. Ramos and Compean deserve medals for what they did and should be sent back to the border to bag another drug dealer. That’s just the way it is.