Subject: ***PRESS RELEASE*** Congressmen Renew Calls For Wrongly Imprisoned Border Agents To Be Moved Out of Solitary Confinement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2008
Contact: Tara Setmayer
Rohrabacher and Hunter Renew Calls For Border Agents To Be Moved To Minimum Security Facilities
Bureau of Prisons Director Meets With Jailed Agent At Their Request
Washington, DC-April 3, 2008- Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA) renewed their requests yesterday to have wrongly imprisoned Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean moved out of solitary confinement into a minimum security prison camp while awaiting their appeal decision. Rohrabacher and Hunter encouraged Bureau of Prisons Director Harley Lappin to personally meet with Agent Ramos during his visit yesterday, to the Phoenix prison facility where Ramos is being held.
“After enduring 14 months of the harsh conditions of solitary confinement, Mr. Lappin should do the right thing and exercise his authority to move the agents into more humane conditions,” said Congressman Rohrabacher. “They are effectively serving a double sentence for an unjust conviction that may very well be overturned.”
“If agents Ramos and Compean must continue serving their sentences, then they should be moved to a minimum security facility where they will not be threatened and under such restrictive conditions,” said Congressman Hunter.
Both agents Ramos and Compean are confined to their cells for 23 hours a day and completely restricted from any activities afforded to general population inmates, including regular telephone use, daily showers, recreation activities or television access. During a press conference last fall, Rep. Rohrabacher presented a detailed comparison of the treatment of Agents Ramos and Compean versus terror detainees held in Guantanamo Bay and showed the border agents are actually under stricter conditions, with less amenities.
Director Lappin assured Congressman Hunter during a morning telephone call yesterday, that he would take the Congressmen’s request under consideration and report back when a decision is made.
Tara Olivia Setmayer
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-46)
United States House of Representatives
2300 Rayburn Bldg.
Washington, DC 20515
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