Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announces today that he co-sponsored a bipartisan House Resolution supporting a commutation for Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. Ramos and Compean are currently in their first year of 11 and 12 year prison sentences, respectively. Their appeal was heard on December 3, 2007 before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

This not a Republican or Democrat issue, it is an issue of right and wrong, said Poe. The facts of the case clearly show that our government was relentless in their prosecution of Agents Ramos and Compean for what should have been a policy violation. Meanwhile, the prosecution knowingly put an admitted drug smuggler on the stand that offered false testimony and continued to smuggle dope into our country. I encourage the President to use his executive authority to commute the unjust prison sentences of these two border defenders and give their families the Christmas they have been praying for.

Congressman Ted Poe serves as an Executive Member of the Immigration Reform Caucus.