It's Time to Pardon the Border Guards, Mr. President

Tell President Bush and the U.S. Pardon Attorney why you expect Ramos & Compean to be pardoned!

 Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean are U.S. Border Patrol agents who are serving time in prison for doing their job.

Not only do we now know that the agents did not get a fair trial and that the prosecution's case was based on the word and testimony of an illegal drug smuggler, but the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld their mandatory minimum 10-year prison sentences for "discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence."  This law, Section 924(c) of the U.S. Code, has always been interpreted to apply to criminals, not law enforcement officers engaged in their official duties.  Every U.S. citizen has the right to self defense, especially those serving in harm's way.

The severity of these charges and the harshness of the punishment are totally disproportionate to the violation in question.  Even the illegal drug smuggler, Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, was sentenced to less prison time than our fellow American border guards!

Several organizations are joining forces to flood the White House and Office of the Pardon Attorney’s switchboards urging President Bush to pardon Border Guards Ramos and Compean. We ask you to take a few minutes to join this concerted effort and call today!

Time is running out, and we need to keep drawing attention to this grievous injustice.

Please call (202) 456-1111 with your comments to the President