This post on the Flash Report details a recentÃ‚Â anti-amnesty speech from Rep. Dana Rohabacher, saying he will endorse no presidential candidate unless they come out for a presidential pardon for convicted border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean (no Scotter Libby calls?).
For some context to this case, Ignacio Ramos was sentenced to 11 years and one day in prison for shooting and wounding Osvaldo Aldrett-Davila near the Fabens settlementÃ‚Â near El Paso, Texas in February 2005. Ã‚Â Johnny Sutton, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas, said Ramos and his partner Jose Compean fired 15 shots at an unarmed man in broad daylight and then failed to report it to their supervisors, instead giving a false report and tried to cover up the evidence. Compean was sentenced to 12 years.
Aldrete-Davila, in the country illegally, was found with nearly 800 pounds of marijuana in the back of his van. Following the incident, Aldrete-Davila was granted a temporary conditional visitors visa in exchange for giving his testimony against Ramos and Compean. They were incarcerated Janaury 17, 2007.
OK, so we have a tough situation here all around.Ã‚Â But the United States is a nation of laws and the Bill of Rights applies to everyone in this country even if you are here illegally.Ã‚Â The border agents violated department policy and the law.Ã‚Â They committed a crime against a person who also committed a crime by entering the country illegally.Ã‚Â But as my mom always said, two wrongs donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make a right.
So why is Rep. Rohrabacher so pro-criminal? (and does Todd Spitzer want the agents pardoned?).Ã‚Â Is Dana’s endorsement that critical?Ã‚Â
Do I think the congressman is pro-criminal?Ã‚Â Well no, butÃ‚Â using Todd Spitzer’s logic, the term fits.