House Passes Poe/Tancredo/Hunter Amendment to Free Ramos and Compean

Congressman Poe puts his Creative Thinking to work in Congress

WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announced that the United States House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Poe/Tancredo/Hunter Amendment to the Commerce Justice and Science FY 2008 Appropriations bill to prohibit federal taxpayer money to be used to incarcerate Border Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.

This is just a new twist on an old idea, said Poe. A novel, but simple concept - take away the taxpayer's dollars used to incarcerate them and the prison has no choice but to release them. This is a fight I do not intend to lose, justice is the only thing we should always find. Last night we sent a bipartisan message to our law enforcement along our border that we stand for justice and we intend to put the rights of American lawmen over the rights of illegal drug smugglers.

What this means:

The House agreed to include the Poe/Tancredo/Hunter Amendment in the Commerce Justice and Science FY 2008 Appropriations bill by a voice vote. It will now be considered by the Senate and if the Appropriations Bill is signed into law by the President, Border Agents Ramos and Compean will be set free. It will not change the outcome of their sentence, but the federal funds appropriated to the Bureau of Prisons cannot be used to imprison Ramos and Compean. This will allow the agents to be released from prison while awaiting appeal.