January 20, 2007
More on Texas Border Shootings
One of our loyal readers, Dan Kowalski, has sent us more information on the Border Patrol agents' shooting of an unarmed drug smuggler on which Jennifer Chacon and I have posted stories in recent days.
There may be more to the story than you think:
"[Rep. Michael] McCaul [R-TX, a former federal prosecutor] said the [DHS] inspector general's aides told him and three Texas colleagues that the Border Patrol agents, Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos, had admitted to investigators that they "intended to shoot Mexicans" and knew the man fleeing them was unarmed and posed no threat, when they fired on him 15 times near Fabens, Texas."
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Thanks for the testimony, Mr. Kowalski, it's just unfortunate that it was never brought to the attention of the court at trial. Such negligence on the part of the prosecutors office. He heard that they said that they said................ Sounds like gossip to me.
Posted by: Horace | Jan 20, 2007 9:24:05 AM
"We disagree on the efficacy of workplace enforcement. Employer sanctions under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 has not proven to be an effective deterrent to the the employment of undocumented immigrants."
I agree that workplace enforcement isn't effective. Congress promised in the 1986 legislation to fund the tools to make it so, but failed to provide funds for that purpose. Congress and the enforcement agencies failed to institute procedures that could identify illegal employment. The Executive Branch stood by and permitted continution of the firewall between the Social Security Administration, the IRS and ICE (then INS). If a cooperative relationship had been in existence during that period, work place enforcement would have succeeded. Workplace enforcement was a failure because big business and politicians conspired to make it fail. It's rather disingenous of you to use this argument when you are well aware that the enforcement effort was never a sincere effort.
Posted by: Horace | Jan 20, 2007 9:37:43 AM
Professor Hing, The following is Joe Loya response to my forwarding of Mr. Kowalski's allegations.
My e-mail address is deleted, but that's the only editing done in this e-mail from Joe Loya, a close friend and defender of Campean and Ramos.
Joe A Loya Insurance LOYA (email@example.com)
To: George Williams (xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)
Subject: Re: Attempt to Poison Future Jury Pool
Hi George, Thank you for the information. I do not know how to get a hold of these lying cowards but we had heard this allegation before. What really happened is that the government was trying to justify the guilty verdict before several congressman and told them that they had a signed document by the agents on this stupid allegation. Congressman Ted Poe of Texas than told them that they had better produce this document and that he was going to hold them accountable. They produced nothing and I don't know what action will be taken against the persons who made the allegation. The two border patrol agents only comment was that the governement would have had to had done a hell of a job to forge their signatures. If you can get a hold of the people who wrote the article please tell them to call either Congressman Ted Poe or Congressman Walter Jones. God bless..........Joe Loya
Posted by: George | Jan 20, 2007 3:26:18 PM