Tancredo Meets With Agent Ramos!
Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., an ardent critic of illegal immigration who is pondering a run for the White House, spent about an hour Friday with Ignacio Ramos, one of two Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a suspected drug dealer and trying to cover up the incident.We're following this closely...
The case has become a major cause among conservative talk shows and lawmakers in Washington who believe the agents were wrongly convicted and are asking for a Congressional investigation and a pardon from President Bush.
Tancredo said in a telephone interview that Ramos showed signs of being severely beaten, with deep bruises along his arm, cuts and bruises on his chest and back, and bruises on his knees.
Ramos told the lawmaker that he had been pummeled and kicked by five or six inmates on Saturday while others watched after they saw him on an episode of the television show, America’s Most Wanted, Tancredo said.
Ramos did not get medical attention until Monday and a catscan showed no brain damage, the lawmaker added. In addition, the attackers were wearing steel-toed boots, Tancredo said.
“This is a horrible travesty. This is a fine young man,” Tancredo said.
Tancredo has asked the warden of the Mississippi prison to move Ramos to a different part of the prison for his safety and said she seemed open to the idea. Tancredo also said that he prayed with Ramos and that Ramos “broke down a little bit” when talking about his family.
After the attack, Ramos was moved to solitary confinement, Tancredo said.
H/T immigration news daily
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