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The 100 leaders of the National Border Patrol Council, which represents rank-and-file agents, unanimously approved a no-confidence resolution against Chief David V. Aguilar, citing his willingness to believe the “perjured allegations” of criminal aliens over the words of his own agents.

Aldrete-Davila, located in Mexico by Homeland Security investigators, was returned to this country under a grant of immunity to testify against the agents. The immunity protected him from being charged with drug smuggling.

“Agents Compean and Ramos fulfilled their responsibilities as Border Patrol agents and rightfully pursued a suspected and fleeing drug smuggler. It is irresponsible to punish them with jail time,” Mr. Hunter said.