Monday, December 29, 2008

Pennsylvania congressman joins those calling for pardon for Ramos, Compean

U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, Republican of Pennsylvania, has added his voice to those calling on President Bush to pardon two former border agents convicted of shooting an unarmed drug smuggler who was trying to escape. 

Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean are serving more than 10 years each for shooting Osvaldo Aldrete Davila in the buttocks while he was fleeing from an abandoned van loaded with 750 pounds of marijuana.

The men argued that they thought Davila, a Mexican, was armed. They were convicted two years ago in federal court in Texas of assault, civil rights violations and other charges. Davila later pleaded guilty to smuggling following another incident and also was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Dent asked Bush to review their cases and ''seriously consider'' a pardon.

''These agents were acting in fulfillment of their duty and responsibility to protect our borders and enforce the law and they have been unjustly punished for their actions.

''This case has not only undermined the trust and confidence of our Border Patrol, but it has also raised questions about the discretion and decisions of federal prosecutors.''

You can help build pressure for pardoning the two by sending an email alert demanding a pardon. Visit and go to the Legislation Action Center or send an email directly to the President at


patriotjoan said...

Kudos to Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent for PUBLICLY defending unjustly imprisoned Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean! For the past 17 months in my hometown of Dallas, TX, I've been doing LIKEWISE and for this, am known as "Joan of America." My website is:

s00p said...

This is wonderful. These guys should be given a full pardon and be reinstated! Furthermore, the politics that allowed them to be indicted need re-examination!

webby7 said...

I think it is great that Congressman Dent has publically defended agents Ramos and Copean. I think what has been done to these two men and to their families is a tragedy. I hope that they receive a full pardon and can go home. I hope something like this never happens again to someone who is just trying to do their job.

msdebagain said...

i just read they have been Pardoned. Bush FINALLY did something right!