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Dear Mr.

Thankyou for contactingme regardingBorderPatrolagentsIgnacioRamosand JoseCompean.

You may be pleasedto know that I am an originalco-sponsor


of HR 563,the Congressional
Pardonfor BorderPatrolAgentsRamosand CompeanAct. This bill is currentlypendingin the
HouseJudiciaryand HomelandSecurityCommittees.

As you know, on February17, 20A5,BorderPatrolagentsRamosand Compeanconfronted


illegalalien OsbaldoAldrete-Davilawho was transporting743lbsof marijuanafrom Mexico into
the U.S. Accordingto newsstories,Ramosresponded to a call for backup from Compeanwho
had tried to pull Aldrete-Davilaover. Aldrete-Davilaran from the BorderPatrolagentsandafter
hearingshotsfired and seeingCompeanon the ground,RamosshotAldrete-Davila,

Theprosecution arguedthatRamosandCompean firedat Aldrete-Davila


afterhetriedto
surrender.Further,testimonyat thetrial revealed
that,aftertheshooting,RamosandCompean
hid theirfirearmsandfailedto reporttheincidentto theirsuperiors.
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A jury subsequently convictedRamosand Compeanof assaultwith seriousbodily injury;
assaultwith a deadlyweapon;dischargeof a firearmin relationto a crime of violence;and a
civil rightsviolation. A U.S. District CourtJud.gesentenced
both agentsto over a decadein
prison.

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I am disappointed that thejudge did not takeinto accountthe mitigatingcircumstancesof this
case. We shouldbe commendingBorderPatrolagentsfor pursuinga fleeingdrug smuggler,not
sendingthemto prisonbasedon the testimonyof a criminalwho receivedfull immunityto
testify. Evenmore outrageous, Aldrete-Davilais now suingthe BorderPatrolfor $5 million for
violatinghis civil rights. The U.S, DistrictAttorney'svigorousprosecutionof this casedoes
nothingbut demoralizeour BorderPatroland hinderstheir ability to stopthe flow of illegal
immigrants,drugs,counterfeitgoodsand possibleterroristsinto the U.S.

Thank you againfor contactingme, I look forward to hearingfrom you on other mattersof
interestor concern.

Sincerely,

HowardP. "Buck" McKeon


Memberof Congress

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