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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., denounced President Bush for his refusal to intervene in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to deny the bond requests of imprisoned former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, pending their appeal.
Rohrabacher, in a statement, spared no words in laying the blame on the White House for not freeing Ramos and Compean on bond:
“Acquiescing to the insistence of the White House, the court has decided to treat Ramos and Compean worse than they would common criminals, which is consistent with the way the Bush administration has handled these two border agents from the beginning,” Rohrabacher said. “To suggest that this underscores President Bush’s mean-spirited and vindictive nature is an understatement.”
Rohrabacher said the “lives of Ramos and Compean are obviously at risk, and the president not only doesn’t care about securing our southern border, he doesn’t give a damn about those who protect it.”
Ramos and Compean entered federal prison last month to begin sentences of 11 and 12 years respectively for their actions in the shooting and wounding of a drug smuggler who was given immunity to testify against them.
A spokesman for Rohrabacher’s office told WND the White House “was afraid of a public relations disaster,” explaining why the White House refused to back-channel support for releasing the two imprisoned Border Patrol agents pending their appeal.
“The visual of Ramos and Compean free and able to talk to the media is a nightmare for the White House,” Tara Setmayer told WND.
An emotional Monica Ramos, the wife of Ignacio Ramos, told WND she and her family and friends “had been so hopeful that Nacho would be home soon.”
She expressed hope the appeal of the court decision would be successful or a new trial might yet be ordered.
“I have three small children to raise, now without a husband. I have to be brave and trust in God that my husband will be home soon and that my husband will be safe and protected away from us,” she said.
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