Wives of jailed border agents struggling




Ramos/Compean fundraiser


From Pat Gray's Blog...

The families of these border agent/political prisoners are struggling. Homes are in jeopardy, lives torn apart. So, we’re raising money for Monica Ramos and Patty Compean.

We’re asking that instead of one check, split your donation between the two: Make them out separately to Monica Ramos…AND…Patty Compean…and mail to:

Edd Henndee


Taste of Texas


10505 Katy Freeway


Houston, Texas 77024



GLENN: Well, the two families, Patty Compean and Monica Ramos are in real trouble and I have both of them on now. Monica, hello, how are you?

MONICA RAMOS: Fine. Thank you, Beck, for having me on.

GLENN: You bet. First of all, how's Nacio?

MONICA RAMOS: Well, I think he's still in a bit of shock. I was able to speak to him the day we heard the opinion was rendered and he is -- he was just in complete shock. The prison, I know, is very concerned with his mental state. So they've allowed him to make a couple of calls to me. We -- I'll be seeing him tomorrow, spending the day with him and I'm going to get a little more on how he's doing and taking the news.

GLENN: Would you call us on Monday and tell us?

MONICA RAMOS: I most definitely will.

GLENN: And please send a message back to us that we're doing everything we can.

MONICA RAMOS: Thank you.

GLENN: Okay. So Monica, you and I have, we've had several conversations, you know, in the past few months about all the things that are going on in your life. Tell America something we haven't really shared with our audience about your son Jacob.

MONICA RAMOS: My son Jacob right now is undergoing some testing. It seems like they have found something dysfunctional with his kidneys. Those are things that are stemming from his -- he was born prematurely. He was born at 29 weeks. So we've had some health issues with him.

GLENN: Right. But see, here's a modest person saying. When you -- back in April you brought him in to the ER. He was dehydrated. He had a fever. They -- when you brought him in to the ER, they said, we can't treat you; you don't have medical insurance, unless you pay $1,000 up front. Because he needed MRI, bone scans and everything else. And you didn't have $1,000. And true or untrue, you said to them, you have illegals sitting here in the waiting room to be treated for free and I have to pay for it?

MONICA RAMOS: I did. And the receptionist, bless her heart, she was trying to stick to the guidelines but she told me, unless you are coming in through emergency, there's not really much we can do for you. And I said, well, I am here on emergency. I mean, this is where I'm registering. I said, I've been sent here by my pediatrician and this is where he asked me to bring my son. I said now you're asking me to, you know, give you $1,000 up front. And she says, well, let me get some -- supervisor to go ahead and review the case. Maybe we can go ahead and let you in. And then the supervisor declined to accept my son as well. They had to go all the way up to the door through the hospital who still was kind of leery about letting me in. I did. I raised all cane in front of the receptionist and I said, why isn't your supervisor, the director of this hospital right here in front of me telling me that they're not going to accept my son.

GLENN: And why isn't the supervisor -- why is the supervisor accepting the illegal aliens that were behind you. So he was in the hospital for three days. That cost $50,000. You also have two other kids, 12 and 15. They're having problems because of dad, right, being in jail?

MONICA RAMOS: Yes. My eldest son actually now relocated to Phoenix. My oldest son had to switch high schools. The problems they were having is that many of the kids telling him, you know, teasing him about his dad's a murderer, that his dad deserves to rot in prison for doing what he did. And I'm thinking, what are these kids hearing in their households. This was back in El Paso. El Paso has been very biased against our case from day one.

GLENN: Now you have completely exhausted your 401(k), you have no savings. The reason why you guys moved to Phoenix is not only because of El Paso but also because that's where your husband is.

MONICA RAMOS: Right.

GLENN: You have no savings left and you also now have IRS problems.

MONICA RAMOS: Yes.

GLENN: You have declared bankruptcy and you are now having to liquidate all of your assets so you can actually get state assistance, right?

MONICA RAMOS: Yes, yes.

GLENN: All right. Now let me go to Patty Compean. This is the fallout of what happens when our government decides to vigorously go after two border guards, I believe unjustly. And this is the fallout. This is the real life fallout of what happens to the family. Let me go to Patty now. Hi, Patty.

PATTY COMPEAN: Hi, how are you?

GLENN: I'm doing fine. Tell me about your situation. You have already lost your house, right?

PATTY COMPEAN: Right. We lost our house in the beginning. We got rid of furniture in the beginning. In the beginning when this happened, 2005, first thing I got rid of was the house and then furniture. And then whatever else we can get rid of for our legal fees.

GLENN: And you also have no health insurance.

PATTY COMPEAN: Correct.

GLENN: Because your husband was fired and in jail. You're also suffering with medical bills. Your kids, asthma, you have a 13-year-old who has asthma, a 4-year-old that has asthma as well, right?

PATTY COMPEAN: Yes.

GLENN: Okay. And then you also have a 2-year-old son.

PATTY COMPEAN: I do.

GLENN: And you have applied for Medicaid and food stamps and it's being processed. Have you gotten anything yet?

PATTY COMPEAN: Nothing yet. I'm still waiting.

GLENN: Okay. Your father also just passed away. He was in a coma.

PATTY COMPEAN: No, he -- don't scare me.

GLENN: Oh, I'm sorry.

PATTY COMPEAN: He didn't pass away.

GLENN: Oh, I'm sorry. Good, good. He was in a coma for about two and a half months. He was T-boned on his way to my son's birthday party.

GLENN: Okay. So he's -- because I -- somebody told me that this morning and I'm like, oh, jeez, man.

PATTY COMPEAN: No, no. Oh, no. We thought we had almost lost him, but thank goodness.

GLENN: And are you having problems with the IRS now?

PATTY COMPEAN: Yes, I am. I still have an attorney looking at our 2005 audits.

GLENN: They audited, the IRS audited you in 2005.

PATTY COMPEAN: For 2005 taxes. They are questioning legal fees apparently.

GLENN: Well, that's big of the IRS. I appreciate their extra help of the pile-on here.

PATTY COMPEAN: Yeah.

GLENN: Now, you don't have -- you have no personal debt. You're just, your husband's debt is outstanding, you have a credit card from Sears?

PATTY COMPEAN: Right.

GLENN: Okay. But you're worried about your housing situation as well?

PATTY COMPEAN: Correct.

GLENN: Where are you living?

PATTY COMPEAN: Right now we are able, with donations that were collected last year thanks to the American people, we're able to pay a whole year's rent up front and -- sorry?

GLENN: What is a whole year's rent?

PATTY COMPEAN: It was about $11,000. $11,500. Sorry. Forgot the deposit.

GLENN: Let me bring in my best friend Pat who is in Houston now. Pat?

GRAY: Glenn.

GLENN: You've been following this story and you and Ed have decided to put together a fundraiser for them in Houston, right?

GRAY: Yes.

GLENN: Okay. What are you guys doing?

GRAY: Well, we're having people mail us donations and we want you to make out checks. Whatever you're going to donate, split it between Monica's family and Patty's family. So for instance, if you're going to make out -- you know, if you can support $20, make out two $10, one to Monica Ramos and one to Patty Compean. And then just mail them. My partner Ed Hendee has a business. He's richer, I think, than the holy family. And you just mail it to his business and he's going to hand-deliver them, these checks, to both these families. So you mail it to Ed Hendee, Taste of Texas, 10505 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas, 77024 and I'll send this to you so you can put you the it up on your website if you want to do that. But, you know, the amazing story is what are we always hearing from our politicians about illegal aliens: Oh, we don't want to separate the families, we can't, we can't separate families. It's inhumane. We have to treat these wonderful hard working people with dignity and respect. Nobody, nobody is saying anything about the separation of these families, of these people who are protecting America from drug smugglers. Nobody is saying anything about their dignity with which -- the indignity with which they have been treated. Nobody's saying anything about the hardship these two hard working families have been through. With the heroes for husbands that they have who are out there doing their job and protecting America's borders. Nobody cares.

GLENN: Patty.

PATTY COMPEAN: Yes, sir.

GLENN: Your rent is $11,000 for the year?

PATTY COMPEAN: Yes, sir.

GLENN: I'm going to cut you a check for $11,000 today and I'm going to take care of your rent for the next year. And Monica, I'm going to write you the same check for your family as well.

MONICA RAMOS: Thank you.

GLENN: If you would like to -- if you would like to write a check yourself and get involved in the family, this is not tax deductible. There's no -- I mean, there's no tax deductions here. This is just, you know what, I see somebody in need and I want to help. So if you would like to get involved, go to the website and we will -- is it up on our website yet, Dan? Do you know? Or do we put it in the newsletter? Why don't we put all of this in the newsletter today. We'll put it in the newsletter. We'll also post it on our website as well and if you want to get involved, again it's one of those things, you feel motivated to do it, you do it because you just feel it. If you don't, that's great. And again there's no tax deduction here. This is just neighbor helping out neighbor, somebody getting involved. If you've got an extra five bucks laying around, it will mean an awful lot.

Monica, Patty, God bless you. God bless your families and we'll talk to you again soon, okay?

MONICA RAMOS: Thanks very much.

GLENN: Pat?

GRAY: Glenn, did I mention I'm having a little trouble making my mortgage? You know, there's three of us on the phone here. I don't know if you were aware of that.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah, I'm very, very well aware of it.

GRAY: Very cool thing to do.

GLENN: Okay. So you send us the address right away, will you? Or do you have it off the top of your head?

GRAY: Yes.

GLENN: Go ahead.

GRAY: 10505 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas, 77024.

GLENN: Okay, Pat, thanks. Talk to you. Bye-bye.

From the moment the 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson arrived at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1776, he was on the radical side. That caused John Adams to like him immediately. Then the Congress stuck Jefferson and Adams together on the five-man committee to write a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain, and their mutual admiration society began.

Jefferson thought Adams should write the Declaration. But Adams protested, saying, “It can't come from me because I'm obnoxious and disliked." Adams reasoned that Jefferson was not obnoxious or disliked, therefore he should write it. Plus, he flattered Jefferson, by telling him he was a great writer. It was a master class in passing the buck.

So, over the next 17 days, Jefferson holed up in his room, applying his lawyer skills to the ideas of the Enlightenment. He borrowed freely from existing documents like the Virginia Declaration of Rights. He later wrote that “he was not striving for originality of principle or sentiment." Instead, he hoped his words served as “an expression of the American mind."

It's safe to say he achieved his goal.

The five-man committee changed about 25 percent of Jefferson's first draft of the Declaration before submitting it to Congress. Then, Congress altered about one-fifth of that draft. But most of the final Declaration's words are Jefferson's, including the most famous passage — the Preamble — which Congress left intact. The result is nothing less than America's mission statement, the words that ultimately bind the nation together. And words that we desperately need to rediscover because of our boiling partisan rage.

The Declaration is brilliant in structure and purpose. It was designed for multiple audiences: the King of Great Britain, the colonists, and the world. And it was designed for multiple purposes: rallying the troops, gaining foreign allies, and announcing the creation of a new country.

The Declaration is structured in five sections: the Introduction, Preamble, the Body composed of two parts, and the Conclusion. It's basically the most genius breakup letter ever written.

In the Introduction, step 1 is the notificationI think we need to break up. And to be fair, I feel I owe you an explanation...

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…

The Continental Congress felt they were entitled by “the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" to “dissolve the political bands," but they needed to prove the legitimacy of their cause. They were defying the world's most powerful nation and needed to motivate foreign allies to join the effort. So, they set their struggle within the entire “Course of human events." They're saying, this is no petty political spat — this is a major event in world history.

Step 2 is declaring what you believe in, your standardsHere's what I'm looking for in a healthy relationship...

This is the most famous part of the Declaration; the part school children recite — the Preamble:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That's as much as many Americans know of the Declaration. But the Preamble is the DNA of our nation, and it really needs to be taken as a whole:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The Preamble takes us through a logical progression: All men are created equal; God gives all humans certain inherent rights that cannot be denied; these include the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; to protect those rights, we have governments set up; but when a government fails to protect our inherent rights, people have the right to change or replace it.

Government is only there to protect the rights of mankind. They don't have any power unless we give it to them. That was an extraordinarily radical concept then and we're drifting away from it now.

The Preamble is the justification for revolution. But note how they don't mention Great Britain yet. And again, note how they frame it within a universal context. These are fundamental principles, not just squabbling between neighbors. These are the principles that make the Declaration just as relevant today. It's not just a dusty parchment that applied in 1776.

Step 3 is laying out your caseHere's why things didn't work out between us. It's not me, it's you...

This is Part 1 of the Body of the Declaration. It's the section where Jefferson gets to flex his lawyer muscles by listing 27 grievances against the British crown. This is the specific proof of their right to rebellion:

He has obstructed the administration of justice...

For imposing taxes on us without our consent...

For suspending our own legislatures...

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us...

Again, Congress presented these “causes which impel them to separation" in universal terms to appeal to an international audience. It's like they were saying, by joining our fight you'll be joining mankind's overall fight against tyranny.

Step 4 is demonstrating the actions you took I really tried to make this relationship work, and here's how...

This is Part 2 of the Body. It explains how the colonists attempted to plead their case directly to the British people, only to have the door slammed in their face:

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury...

They too have been deaf to the voice of justice... We must, therefore... hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

This basically wrapped up America's argument for independence — we haven't been treated justly, we tried to talk to you about it, but since you refuse to listen and things are only getting worse, we're done here.

Step 5 is stating your intent — So, I think it's best if we go our separate ways. And my decision is final...

This is the powerful Conclusion. If people know any part of the Declaration besides the Preamble, this is it:

...that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved...

They left no room for doubt. The relationship was over, and America was going to reboot, on its own, with all the rights of an independent nation.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The message was clear — this was no pitchfork mob. These were serious men who had carefully thought through the issues before taking action. They were putting everything on the line for this cause.

The Declaration of Independence is a landmark in the history of democracy because it was the first formal statement of a people announcing their right to choose their own government. That seems so obvious to us now, but in 1776 it was radical and unprecedented.

In 1825, Jefferson wrote that the purpose of the Declaration was “not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of… but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm… to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take."

You're not going to do better than the Declaration of Independence. Sure, it worked as a means of breaking away from Great Britain, but its genius is that its principles of equality, inherent rights, and self-government work for all time — as long as we actually know and pursue those principles.

On June 7, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania State House, better known today as Independence Hall. Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies' independence. The “Lee Resolution" was short and sweet:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

Intense debate followed, and the Congress voted 7 to 5 (with New York abstaining) to postpone a vote on Lee's Resolution. They called a recess for three weeks. In the meantime, the delegates felt they needed to explain what they were doing in writing. So, before the recess, they appointed a five-man committee to come up with a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain. They appointed two men from New England — Roger Sherman and John Adams; two from the middle colonies — Robert Livingston and Benjamin Franklin; and one Southerner — Thomas Jefferson. The responsibility for writing what would become the Declaration of Independence fell to Jefferson.

In the rotunda of the National Archives building in Washington, D.C., there are three original documents on permanent display: the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. These are the three pillars of the United States, yet America barely seems to know them anymore. We need to get reacquainted — quickly.

In a letter to his friend John Adams in 1816, Jefferson wrote: “I like the dreams of the future, better than the history of the past."

America used to be a forward-looking nation of dreamers. We still are in spots, but the national attitude that we hear broadcast loudest across media is not looking toward the future with optimism and hope. In late 2017, a national poll found 59% of Americans think we are currently at the “lowest point in our nation's history that they can remember."

America spends far too much time looking to the past for blame and excuse. And let's be honest, even the Right is often more concerned with “owning the left" than helping point anyone toward the practical principles of the Declaration of Independence. America has clearly lost touch with who we are as a nation. We have a national identity crisis.

The Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

It is urgent that we get reacquainted with the Declaration of Independence because postmodernism would have us believe that we've evolved beyond the America of our founding documents, and thus they're irrelevant to the present and the future. But the Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

Today, much of the nation is so addicted to partisan indignation that "day-to-day" indignation isn't enough to feed the addiction. So, we're reaching into America's past to help us get our fix. In 2016, Democrats in the Louisiana state legislature tabled a bill that would have required fourth through sixth graders to recite the opening lines of the Declaration. They didn't table it because they thought it would be too difficult or too patriotic. They tabled it because the requirement would include the phrase “all men are created equal" and the progressives in the Louisiana legislature didn't want the children to have to recite a lie. Representative Barbara Norton said, “One thing that I do know is, all men are not created equal. When I think back in 1776, July the fourth, African Americans were slaves. And for you to bring a bill to request that our children will recite the Declaration, I think it's a little bit unfair to us. To ask our children to recite something that's not the truth. And for you to ask those children to repeat the Declaration stating that all men's are free. I think that's unfair."

Remarkable — an elected representative saying it wouldn't be fair for students to have to recite the Declaration because “all men are not created equal." Another Louisiana Democrat explained that the government born out of the Declaration “was used against races of people." I guess they missed that part in school where they might have learned that the same government later made slavery illegal and amended the Constitution to guarantee all men equal protection under the law. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were an admission of guilt by the nation regarding slavery, and an effort to right the wrongs.

Yet, the progressive logic goes something like this: many of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, including Thomas Jefferson who wrote it, owned slaves; slavery is evil; therefore, the Declaration of Independence is not valid because it was created by evil slave owners.

It's a sad reality that the left has a very hard time appreciating the universal merits of the Declaration of Independence because they're so hung up on the long-dead issue of slavery. And just to be clear — because people love to take things out of context — of course slavery was horrible. Yes, it is a total stain on our history. But defending the Declaration of Independence is not an effort to excuse any aspect of slavery.

Okay then, people might say, how could the Founders approve the phrase “All men are created equal," when many of them owned slaves? How did they miss that?

They didn't miss it. In fact, Thomas Jefferson included an anti-slavery passage in his first draft of the Declaration. The paragraph blasted King George for condoning slavery and preventing the American Colonies from passing legislation to ban slavery:

He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights to life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere... Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce.

We don't say “execrable" that much anymore. It means, utterly detestable, abominable, abhorrent — basically very bad.

Jefferson was upset when Georgia and North Carolina threw up the biggest resistance to that paragraph. Ultimately, those two states twisted Congress' arm to delete the paragraph.

Still, how could a man calling the slave trade “execrable" be a slaveowner himself? No doubt about it, Jefferson was a flawed human being. He even had slaves from his estate in Virginia attending him while he was in Philadelphia, in the very apartment where he was writing the Declaration.

Many of the Southern Founders deeply believed in the principles of the Declaration yet couldn't bring themselves to upend the basis of their livelihood. By 1806, Virginia law made it more difficult for slave owners to free their slaves, especially if the owner had significant debts as Jefferson did.

At the same time, the Founders were not idiots. They understood the ramifications of signing on to the principles described so eloquently in the Declaration. They understood that logically, slavery would eventually have to be abolished in America because it was unjust, and the words they were committing to paper said as much. Remember, John Adams was on the committee of five that worked on the Declaration and he later said that the Revolution would never be complete until the slaves were free.

Also, the same generation that signed the Declaration started the process of abolition by banning the importation of slaves in 1807. Jefferson was President at the time and he urged Congress to pass the law.

America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough.

The Declaration took a major step toward crippling the institution of slavery. It made the argument for the first time about the fundamental rights of all humans which completely undermined slavery. Planting the seeds to end slavery is not nearly commendable enough for leftist critics, but you can't discount the fact that the seeds were planted. It's like they started an expiration clock for slavery by approving the Declaration. Everything that happened almost a century later to end slavery, and then a century after that with the Civil Rights movement, flowed from the principles voiced in the Declaration.

Ironically for a movement that calls itself progressive, it is obsessed with retrying and judging the past over and over. Progressives consider this a better use of time than actually putting past abuses in the rearview and striving not to be defined by ancestral failures.

It can be very constructive to look to the past, but not when it's used to flog each other in the present. Examining history is useful in providing a road map for the future. And America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough. But it's right there, the original, under glass. The ink is fading, but the words won't die — as long as we continue to discuss them.

'Good Morning Texas' gives exclusive preview of Mercury One museum

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Mercury One is holding a special exhibition over the 4th of July weekend, using hundreds of artifacts, documents and augmented reality experiences to showcase the history of slavery — including slavery today — and a path forward. Good Morning Texas reporter Paige McCoy Smith went through the exhibit for an exclusive preview with Mercury One's chief operating officer Michael Little on Tuesday.

Watch the video below to see the full preview.

Click here to purchase tickets to the museum (running from July 4 - 7).

Over the weekend, journalist Andy Ngo and several other apparent right-leaning people were brutally beaten by masked-gangs of Antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon. Short for "antifascist," Antifa claims to be fighting for social justice and tolerance — by forcibly and violently silencing anyone with opposing opinions. Ngo, who was kicked, punched, and sprayed with an unknown substance, is currently still in the hospital with a "brain bleed" as a result of the savage attack. Watch the video to get the details from Glenn.