Border Agents' Presidential Sentence Cut Follows Talk Radio Pressure
January 19, 2009 at 2:30 PM (PT)
The BUSH administration's last-minute commutation of sentences of BORDER PATROL agents IGNACIO RAMOS and JOSE COMPEAN was the culmination of two years of battling by Talk radio shows against the imprisonment of the agents for the shooting of a drug dealer illegally in the country. RAMOS and COMPEAN were sent to prison under 10 year sentences two years ago.
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KFI-A/LOS ANGELES' JOHN AND KEN and KOGO-A/SAN DIEGO's ROGER HEDGECOCK got the ball rolling, with LIBERMAN Talk KSEV-A/HOUSTON host EDD HENDEE active in the fight and dozens more, including ENTERCOM Talk WRKO-A/BOSTON's HOWIE CARR, getting involved along the way. The agents' imprisonment was a major issue at a "HOLD THEIR FEET TO THE FIRE" anti-illegal-immigration rally and radio row in WASHINGTON held by the FEDERATION FOR AMERICAN IMMIGRATION REFORM, which started a BORDER PATROL Family Fund to support the RAMOS and COMPEAN families. And BORDER MEDIA Talk KURV-A/EDINBURG-BROWNSVILLE, TX, at the border itself, delivered close to 7,000 signatures collected in under two weeks to the WHITE HOUSE to call for the pardon.