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Rep. Duncan Hunter asks Trump to pardon former Border Patrol agents

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 20:43:17-04

(KGTV) — Upon President Trump's visit to the Calexico border Friday, Rep. Duncan Hunter requested the President pardon two former Border Patrol agents.

Ignacio Ramos, Jr., and Jose Compean were both jailed in 2006, for 11 and 12 years, respectively, on assault with a firearm resulting in great bodily injury and obstruction of justice charges.

Both former agents had their sentences communed by former President George W. Bush in 2009.

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The agents were in pursuit of Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila in 2005 near El Paso, Texas, for suspected drug activity. The pursuit became a foot chase when Aldrete-Davila reportedly abandoned his van and tried to run back across the border to Mexico.

During the foot chase, Ramos caught up and a struggle began between the two, Hunter's letter stated. Aldrete-Davila broke free and made a run, again, toward the border, during which time both Ramos and Compean opened fire, striking Aldrete-Davila in the buttocks.

The two agents claimed Aldrete-Davila had a weapon, prompting them to open fire.

Aldrete-Davila later testified against the two agents in exchange for immunity from smuggling charges. He was then arrested in 2007 for trying to smuggling narcotics into the U.S. and received nine years in prison.

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In his letter to the President, Hunter said he believed the former agents, "deserve every consideration for a pardon due to the circumstances of the incident."

"As demonstrated with your request on Chief Gallagher's behalf, and your pardon of Sheriff Arpaio, you have shown the willingness and courage to take decisive action when warranted," Hunter's letter read.

Last week, Trump stepped in to have Special Operations Chief Edward "Eddie" Gallagher, accused of fatally stabbing a wounded IS fighter in 2017 and posing with the body, from a MCAS Miramar brig.

In 2017, Trump pardoned Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio after he was convicted of intentionally disobeying a judge's order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.