A Southern California musician has written and recorded a song to support imprisoned Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, whose case has stirred a congressional and grass-roots protest against the Bush administration.
Michael Britton, who makes a living performing an acoustic one-man-band show, said he was inspired to act when he learned details of the case. Ramos and Compean were convicted and sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison respectively after a drug smuggler they shot fleeing across the border was given immunity to testify against them.
“I’m upset that men like Ramos and Compean are sitting in federal prison simply for doing their jobs, while drug smugglers are allowed to go free and sue the Border Patrol for violating their ‘civil rights,’” he said.
You can hear the song here:
“Ramos and Compean”
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The smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, retained a U.S lawyer to file a $5 million lawsuit against the Border Patrol for alleged violations of his civil rights.
The song includes clips from CNN host Lou Dobbs, a radio broadcast featuring WND’s Jerome R. Corsi and a sound bite from Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., saying “impeachment” would be discussed in Washington if either Ramos or Compean were to be attacked and killed in prison.
Britton plans to donate all proceeds of the song, titled “Ramos and Compean,” to the agents’ families.
In 1987, Britton started a band named “Britton,” which was picked up by TSR Records, a CBS subsidiary.
Britton told WND his song “Ramos and Compean” is available for pick-up and play on interested radio stations.
“I’m hoping for widespread radio play of the song to bring awareness to the need to get Ramos and Compean out of jail,” he said. “These brave Border Patrol agents need to be home with their family. It’s incredible this travesty of justice could happen in the United States today.”
Britton is building a website that will offer for sale a CD of “Ramos and Compean” within the next two weeks. The site currently provides a link for contacting him.