Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, Thursday asked President Donald Trump to pardon three Border Patrol agents convicted of attacking undocumented immigrants.
Rohrabacher, who has long championed the cause of former agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, has once again sought relief for the men who were convicted in 2006 of shooting and wounding an undocumented immigrant in February 2005 along the U.S.-Mexico border near El Paso, Texas.
Rohrabacher appealed to President George W. Bush for a pardon in his waning days in 2009, but the president instead commuted their sentences. Ramos had been sentenced to 11 years and Compean 12 years behind bars.
Rohrabacher also asked for a pardon for Gary Brugman, who was sentenced to 27 months in prison for kicking a suspected undocumented immigrant, knocking him down to the ground.
Brugman was also charged with punching the suspect in the ribs, and then kicked another suspected illegal immigrant before arresting them.
Rohrabacher made the request in a letter signed by seven other congressmen.
“We believe agents Ignacio Ramos, Jose Compean and Gary Brugman were victims of politics,” the congressmen said in the letter. “The Bush Administration was attempting to signal to Mexico that it was not serious about immigrant enforcement on the southern border, simultaneously signaling to the Border Patrol that doing their jobs could lead to criminal prosecution.”