Tancredo using death of Border Patrol agent to push agenda

It disgusts me to no end to hear slimeballs like Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Co), pandering to the ultra right and using the death of Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar to push the agenda for the release of convicted felons and former Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.

Check out this trash!

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Tom Tancredo (R-Co) today demanded a pardon of Border tom_tancredoPatrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean after recent press reports of another Border Agent, Luis Aguilar, was killed in the line of duty.

“Border Patrol Agents risk their lives everyday to prevent illegal aliens, illicit narcotics and terrorists from entering this country,” Tancredo said. “It is time we pardon Ramos and Compean and send a clear message to potential smugglers that our Border Patrol will use any means necessary to prevent illegal border crossings.” Agents Ramos and Compean were sentenced to 11 and 12 years, respectively, for shooting a drug smuggler in the buttocks. The smuggler has since been caught smuggling more drugs into the United States.

Luis Aguilar, a 32-year-old father of two, was hit by a truck driven by a smuggler as he tried to place spike strips in front of the escaping vehicles. The vehicles made it back into Mexico.

Tancredo concluded, “The overzealous prosecution of Ramos and Compean has created a situation where border patrol agents now have to worry about being prosecuted and imprisoned for doing their job. In the ultra-violent world of drug cartels and human traffickers, even the slightest hesitation by law enforcement can be the difference between life and death. A pardon for Ramos and Compean would go a long way toward restoring confidence in our Border Patrol that this administration is on the side of law enforcement – not the Mexican cartels and the open-borders lobby.”

This is kind of like Jimmy Hoffa and the rest of the looney tunes using anything involving a Mexican truck as an opportunity to slam the cross border program and Mexico in general.

But while we’re on the subject of the death of Luis Aquilar, not surprising, it didn’t take long for the loons to come out of their holes and as usual, ignoring facts that don’t serve their opinions or purpose, came up with catchwords like “murdered” and “deliberate”.

I’m not in the least justifying the actions of the suspected killer of Luis Aguilar. Some news reports and eyewitness accounts of the incident suggest that Aguilar was killed when the Hummer swerved to avoid the spike strips being placed in the road. I imagine the last thing this smuggler had in his mind was killing a BP agent. But it happened.

Some of those amongst us who are least informed are demanding immediate extradition and the death penalty against Jesus Navarro Montes, who was arrested in the death. Get over it people! The best that can happen is life in a California prison without parole depending on the charges leveled. The death penalty is off the table because of the extradition agreement we have with Mexico.

And that agreement works. Both of our countries are exchanging bad guys on a regular basis. No longer is Mexico a safe haven for those on the run for crimes in the US.

Tancredo should be ashamed of using the death of this agent to push forward his on short sighted agenda. At least he’s out of the field for the White House. Duncan Hunter and Fred Thompson also.

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