2007 January 23 Tuesday
Bush Administration Sends Border Patrolmen To Jail

The Bush Administration's idea of immigration law enforcement:

Forthwith, the details of the case: A Mexican drug smuggler with 743 pounds of marijuana in a van confronted and assaulted a border Patrol agent in February 2005. The agents shot the suspect in the buttocks as he fled across the Rio Grande. The Homeland Security Department ordered an investigation and, after locating the suspect, presented him with an offer of immunity. Yes, immunity. In exchange, all the suspect, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, had to do was testify against the two agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean. The agents, 10- and five-year veterans, respectively, of the Border Patrol, were sentenced in October to a combined 23 years in prison. The drug smuggler was not charged.

Think about the prosecutors and investigators who were used in this prosecution. They could have been, say, tracking down known felon illegals to deport them. Doing that would protect us. Doing this above makes us less safe. But the Bush Administration doesn't want tough border control.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 January 23 11:32 PM  Immigration Politics


Comments
Stephen said at January 24, 2007 12:46 AM:

Seems to me that there's significant public benefit in getting two trigger-happy government representatives off the street.

expat said at January 24, 2007 5:32 AM:

"Seems to me that there's significant public benefit in getting two trigger-happy government representatives off the street."
Too bad "our" government couldn't have taken such resolute action in the case of Lon Horiuchi.

Rick Darby said at January 24, 2007 6:10 AM:

This is a "message" prosecution. It signals to Border Patrol agents that they are there for window dressing, not to actually enforce the laws that our disgraceful president and proto-emperor doesn't like. It also signals to Mexicans that disborderly conduct will enjoy the full protection and support of the United States of Aztlan.

Sal said at January 24, 2007 7:37 AM:

I thought that is what the border patrol was for, to stop and if necessary, use force against those who attempt to enter the US illegally, especially those who are committing crimes. I am supposed to feel bad for a Mexican border jumper with a bag of weed? Apparently Bush does, though.
Why any of these guys should do their job is a mystery. They will just end up in jail. No wonder they retreated a few weeks ago when a border patrol post was attacked. Any serious nation would have mowed down those illegals with machine gun fire. Just ask the Mexicans who guard their southern border with Guatemala. It is OK for Mexico to actually prevent people from entering their nation illegally, but not the US. God forbid. The Democrats wouldn't have anyone to vote for them and the corporations (who have the Republican in their pockets) couldn't get slave labor in their meat-packing plants. Americans, wash your own cars and cut your own lawns!

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,241783,00.html

Doing your job and defending yourself could land you in the lock-up.
By the way, Fuck Bush. I never thought I would say, but there it is.

RueHaxo said at January 24, 2007 12:02 PM:

Does anyone happen to have a transcript of the Border Patrolmen's trial? The two men are Hispanic and I can't verify it but supposedly the federal prosecutor told the jury the men had "turned their backs on their own people".
Despicable.
Our elites are already turning us into one state with two nations, even if the public disagrees.

expat said at January 25, 2007 5:49 AM:

Since it's important to remember such things I found a better source on Horiuchi. Oddly, Horiuchi is not identified by name, but thusly:"The next morning, an FBI agent shot and wounded Randy Weaver. A few moments later, the same agent shot Weaver's wife in the head as she was standing in the doorway of her home holding a baby in her arms. The FBI snipers had not yet announced their presence and had not given the Weavers an opportunity to peacefully surrender."

Mark said at February 2, 2007 6:50 PM:

A Mexican drug smuggler with 743 pounds of marijuana in a van confronted and assaulted a border Patrol agent in February 2005.

From Marijuana Prices in the USA

If it was cheap weed, it would go for about $1,200 per pound, so in that case, he had $891,600 worth of weed.

If it was mid quality weed, it would go for about $1,500 per pound, so in that case, he had $1,114,500 worth of weed.

If it was high quality weed, it would go for about $3,000 per pound, so in that case, he had $2,235,000 worth of weed.

This is for one trip. I wonder how many trips he makes a year?

Not only did they let an illegal get away with being illegal, they let a pretty major drug dealer get away with being a pretty major drug dealer.

Bush's priorities are kind of funny.


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