House to Investigate Mexico’s Role in Border Agents Prosecution

Congressional panel will conduct investigation to see whether Mexico played a role in helping prosecute the 2 Border Agents:

The House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight will hold a hearing on the case of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. In prison since January, they face 11- and 12-year sentences, respectively, for shooting and wounding Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila in February 2005 and then trying to cover up the incident.

Aldrete-Davila had been attempting to smuggle 743 pounds of marijuana across the border.

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) told Cybercast News Service on Monday that the Mexican authorities had been wielding far too much influence over their U.S. counterparts in matters involving border security.

Ramos & Compean are not the only Border Agents prosecuted:

“Why is our government so willing to accept demands from Mexico?” he asked. “What the Mexican government thinks about these cases should be irrelevant — they don’t have a vote.”

Poe said Mexican officials have previously attempted to influence the prosecution of U.S. agents, and he cited the case of Texas Sheriff Deputy Gilmer Hernandez, who was sentenced last December to imprisonment for one year and one day for violating the civil rights of an illegal alien.

Hernandez in April 2005 confronted a group of illegal aliens in a van after he observed the vehicle running a red light.

The driver allegedly tried to run Hernandez over before speeding off, and the deputy fired several shots at the vehicle. One bullet injured a woman inside the van.

Congressman Poe has had enough:

Poe said he has copies of two letters sent by the Mexican consulate to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the sheriff’s department in Edwards County, Texas, demanding stiff prosecution in the Hernandez case.

“There’s a pattern here of over-the-top, overzealous prosecution of border agents that are doing their job,” he argued.

Tuesday’s hearing is due to hear testimony from T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, Ramos’ attorney David Botsford and Charles Shapiro, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere.

Although he does not sit on the subcommittee, as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Poe will be permitted to ask questions.

If this is true and the Mexican Government had influence or helped the US Government convict border agents of doing their job, what should be the repsonse from the people of THIS Country against the Administration for allowing foreign influence?

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