Gilmer should not spend one day behind bars

WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement in response to the sentencing of former Edwards County Deputy Sheriff Gilmer Hernandez:

Gilmer should not spend one day behind bars, said Poe. If there was any doubt on where our government stands on enforcing our borders, the sentence handed down today sends confirmation to law enforcement across our country that the US government continues to be on the wrong side of the law. While Gilmer is sent to prison for doing his job, the smuggler who attempted to run him down and the illegals who broke US laws remain free courtesy of the US Attorneys office. And to make matters worse, Gilmer has to pay $5000 to the illegal who received a minor abrasion in the incident. When is our government going to start working on behalf of the citizens of our country and not illegals?

Gilmer Hernandez was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison, three years of supervised probation, $5,000 fine and has to pay approximately $5,000 in restitution to the injured illegal. Hernandez was convicted in December 2006 for violating the civil rights of an illegal who was injured when the Suburban in which she was being smuggled in attempted to flee a traffic stop made by Hernandez.

Congressman Poe has been an outspoken advocate on behalf of Gilmer Hernandez and Border Agents Ramos and Compean. Congressman Poe serves on the Executive Committee of the Immigration Reform Caucus. For more information on Congressman Poe and this case, please visit our website at www.house.gov/poe.