As victims of one of the most unbelievable travesties of justice to ever occur on American soil, two United States Border Patrol Agents are due to begin long prison terms on January 17. And the drug smuggler from Mexico whom they were attempting to apprehend received red-carpet treatment, thanks to our generous government.
The two agents were pursuing the illegal alien, and during a struggle, the smuggler wrestled one of the agents to the ground. He then pointed what appeared to be a gun at the agent’s partner, who was rushing in to assist. The agent fired, but seemingly missed, since the smuggler ran away and disappeared into a waiting van.
What transpired next is beyond comprehension. The agents, not the smuggler, went to trial. Their crimes: Pursuing an illegal alien, exceeding the speed limit in doing so, assault with a deadly weapon, and failing to report a weapon discharge to their supervisors. A jury, believing the smuggler’s testimony, found them guilty.
The smuggler received full immunity for testifying against the agents. He is currently free in Mexico. And, since he was hit in the buttocks by the shot, his medical treatment at a hospital in El Paso, Texas was fully covered by taxpayers. To top it off, he has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the United States Government for violating his civil rights.
This is so incredible, it seems as if it’s some of the best fiction Hollywood writers could come up with. Unfortunately, it’s not. The two agents and their families know how painfully true it is.
“How are we supposed to follow the Border Patrol strategy of apprehending terrorists or drug smugglers if we are not supposed to pursue fleeing people?” said one of the agents. “Everybody who’s breaking the law flees from us. What are we supposed to do? Do they want us to catch them or not?”
“He (the smuggler) kept running into the bush, and jumped into a van waiting for him,” said the agent who fired the weapon. “It didn’t look like he had been hit at all. The supervisors knew that shots were fired. Since nobody was hurt, we didn’t file the report.”
“Prosecutors treated the drug smuggler like an innocent victim, refusing to allow testimony that would have helped my husband,” said the wife of one of the agents. “The smuggler was given immunity. My husband is facing a life in prison. It’s so frightening, it doesn’t seem real.”
By allowing this mockery of justice, our government has sent a message loud and clear to all illegal aliens and drug smugglers: “Come on over! Our agents cannot stop you. And if any one of them does anything to upset you, they will do time. You will be treated with utmost respect and dignity.”
In addition, what kind of message does this send to our agents, those who risk their lives on a daily basis to protect our border? The government seems to be telling them to simply look the other way. And who could blame them if they did?
Coddling the criminal has become far too prevalent in the United States. But instead of changing our laws, we’re now extending that first-class treatment across the border. We’re more concerned about whether an agent is obeying a speed limit in the desert than the drugs an illegal alien is bringing into the country. Nobody seems to care about the rights of our agents, but the aliens’ rights are adhered to faithfully. And two of our agents are preparing for prison as a result.
President Bush has the power to stop this lunacy, and he needs to do it soon. For the sake of our border security, our entire justice system, and the future of these two agents, a full and immediate pardon for their so-called “crimes” is the only answer.