Victims' Rights Caucus


Electronic Newsletter

Jul 23 2007


Dear Friends,

Congress continues to debate issues on the war in Iraq and Immigration Reform. I am happy to report that the American people won another victory against the Senate's "Amnesty plan." Your voices were heard and the power of your calls, letters and emails made the difference in the defeat of the "Amnesty bill" for a second, and hopefully final time. However, real immigration reform is not over - it is only just begun and I will continue to fight for an enforcement-first policy that secures our border immediately and puts an end to the give-aways and incentives of illegal immigration.

Next month, I will be heading down to our nation's southern border on another fact-finding mission. I urge every Member of Congress who has not seen firsthand the seriousness of the situation along our borders to do so. It is important for those making decisions on our border security and immigration policies to talk directly to the sheriffs and the people that are on the front lines in the war on the border.

God and Texas,

Member of Congress

Senate Hearings on Ramos and Compean

Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings looking into the prosecution of Border Agents Nacho Ramos and Joe Compean. I applaud my colleagues in the Senate for a job well done. Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein and Ranking Member, and fellow Texan, John Cornyn held US Attorney Johnny Sutton to the fire. The hearing proved once again that the US Attorney's office chose the wrong side of the law. Testimony showed that they had a choice that day to prosecute an illegal drug smuggler or two Texas lawmen defending our country - and they went after our boys with both barrels.

The House will hold similar hearings in the coming weeks and we will pick up where the Senate left off to delve into the motives behind the prosecution of this case and those of Deputy Gilmer Hernandez, Border Agents Gary Brugman and Noe Aleman.

To read transcripts from the Senate hearings, please visit the Committee website:

Commutation Request

In light of the recent commutation of Scooter Libby, I have joined my colleagues in asking President Bush to exercise his authority to commute the sentences of Border Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. The circumstances surrounding their prosecution, conviction and incarceration far exceed the extremes in the Libby case. I urge the President to take the same swift actions. Border agents Ramos and Compean are serving 11 and 12 year sentences for the involvement in the shooting of an illegal drug smuggler along the Texas-Mexico border.

To read a copy of my letter, please visit my website:

Free Speech Vs. Fair Speech

It is written, ``Congress will make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or bridging the freedom of speech or the freedom of press or the right of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for redress of grievances.' Of course, this is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It is first because, without these first principles, the rest of the following amendments are meaningless.

There are some in Washington who want to violate t