Rep. Rohrabacher To Announce National Day Of Prayer
For Jailed Border Agents
May 11th Marks Beginning of National Police Week
When: MONDAY, MAY 5th , 2008
Where: LAPD Police Officers Memorial, Ahmanson Recruit Training Facilit
5651 W. Manchester Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90045
What: Rep. Rohrabacher will be holding a press conference to announce a National Day of Prayer for our law enforcement officers, specifically unjustly imprisoned Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, currently serving 11 and 12 years, respectively, in federal prison for wounding an illegal alien drug smuggler. Both agents have been in solitary confinement for over a year. Their appeal was heard by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 3rd, 2007. A decision has yet to be rendered. Over 100+ Members of Congress have asked for a Presidential Pardon or Commutation for the officers and over 350,000 citizens have signed onto a petition demanding immediate action by President Bush.
“I ask that on Sunday, May 11th, the American people join me in a National Day of prayer for not only Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean and their families, but for all the men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line to protect our communities everyday,” says Rohrabacher. “I hope the appellate court judges hear our prayers and move to issue a decision quickly freeing Ramos and Compean to be reunited with their families.
“In addition to being Mother’s Day, May 11th also marks the beginning of National Police Week. The Ramos and Compean prosecution already represents one of the greatest miscarriages of justice I’ve ever seen and if their case isn’t overturned, every law enforcement officer will be put on notice that if they use their weapon, they could face 10 years in prison
The drug smuggler and government’s star witness, Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, recently pleaded guilty to four felony counts related to subsequent drug smuggling activities while under immunity just months before he was scheduled to testify against Ramos and Compean.
Who: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
Monica Ramos (wife of imprisoned border patrol agent Nacho Ramos)
Joe Loya (father-in-law of imprisoned border patrol agent Nacho Ramos)
TJ Bonner, National Border Patrol Council, President
Chris Burgard, Border documentary filmmaker
Contact: Tara Setmayer, Communications Director