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:
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?
GLENN: You've been following this story and you and Ed have decided to put together a fundraiser for them in Houston, right?
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.
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.
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?
GLENN: Go ahead.
GRAY: 10505 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas, 77024.
GLENN: Okay, Pat, thanks. Talk to you. Bye-bye.