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    U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes named in ethics complaint

    U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes named in ethics complaint
    By Diana Washington Valdez / El Paso Times
    Article Launched: 07/16/2008 12:00:00 AM MDT


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    A complaint against U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, has been filed with the House Committee on Conduct of Official Standards by Friends of the Border Patrol after Reyes' office asked a federal law enforcement agency for help in the kidnapping of a relative in Juárez.

    "Reyes, former chief Border Patrol agent, knows that this type of request is frowned upon by the U.S. Border Patrol," said Andy Ramirez, chairman of Friends of the Border Patrol, who submitted the complaint Monday.

    The complaint alleges Reyes violated the House Code of Official Conduct because his office was used to benefit a relative.

    Friends of the Border Patrol, a nonprofit law enforcement advocacy organization, posted a copy of the complaint on its Web site at www.FOBP.us.

    Vincent Perez, Reyes' spokesman in Washington, D.C., said Tuesday that Reyes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and former Border Patrol chief of the El Paso sector, had not seen the complaint.

    "The so-called 'Friends of the Border Patrol' is a civilian border-watch group similar to the MinuteMan organization," Perez said in a statement.

    "Anyone who reads the letter will realize that this action is nothing more than a publicity stunt to advance the organization's anti-immigration agenda."

    Ramirez's complaint packet included a letter of support signed by Sandalio "Sandy" Gonzalez, former top El Paso DEA official and national president of the Federal Hispanic Law Enforcement Officers Association.
    "ICE clearly lacks jurisdiction in crimes that occur in foreign countries, and Reyes has failed to make similar efforts for other victims É in his congressional district," Gonzalez's letter said.

    Reyes has not denied that his office asked the Immigration and Customs Enforcement for assistance in solving the June kidnapping of his wife's relative, who is a Mexican citizen.

    Reyes and ICE officials denied any wrongdoing. The relative was released unharmed in Juárez after a $32,000 ransom was paid.

    Bill O'Reilly, staff director for the House Committee on Conduct of Official Standards, said he could not comment "on a matter that may or may not be before the committee."

    Committee investigations are confidential and become public only after they are completed. Sanctions can range from a letter of reproval by the committee to expulsion from the House upon a vote of the entire House of Representatives.

    While a complaint submitted by a House member usually carries more weight, the House committee may consider any source of information for an investigation.

    In addition to the House Ethics Committee complaint, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to order an inquiry into the matter.
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    Oh, this takes the cake and eats it, too.

    Fire them all involved, immediately.
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    Vincent Perez, Reyes' spokesman in Washington, D.C., said Tuesday that Reyes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and former Border Patrol chief of the El Paso sector, had not seen the complaint.

    "The so-called 'Friends of the Border Patrol' is a civilian border-watch group similar to the MinuteMan organization," Perez said in a statement.




    Well isn't this just typical of the arrogance and sneering derision for American citizens that is so commonplace in DC, and ever increasing from the pro-Mexican contingent of those involved in government at all levels.

    It wouldn't matter if this complaint was filed by Friends of Border Patrol or a girl scout troop in Timbuktu. This man abused his position, overstepped bounds to the "nth", this is a legitimate complaint that ANYONE had the right to file, and to assasinate the character of the complaintant is uncalled for.
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    Just follow the money and in this case his family, the use of tax funds to help non citizens and his refusal to to assist citizens, our own BP Agents who are in prison for PROTECTING the border! Our condescending elitist politicians and their elitist political contributors will not be happy until they transform the United States into a Third World Country for most of our citizens while furnishing the Chamber of Commerce and all their Elitist Special Interest Groups with their supply of “cheap labor

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