Bush Leaves on High Note: Ramos and Compean Sentences Commuted

Here’s a bit of Pepto Bismol to help soothe an otherwise nauseating amount of inauguration coverage…

I have to admit, I find this shocking, but in a good way for a change:

President George W. Bush has commuted the prison sentences of two former Border Patrol guards whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer ignited debate about illegal immigration.

Bush’s act of clemency on Monday for Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean was a victory for Democratic and Republican members of Congress and others who pleaded with the president to pardon the men or at least commute their sentences.

Ramos and Compean are each serving sentences of more than 10 years for shooting an unarmed illegal immigrant as he was fleeing an abandoned marijuana load in 2005, then trying to cover it up.

Last August, when I wrote “Bush, go with integrity, pardon our border agents,” I didn’t really think it would happen — not even a commutation. It would have been in such contrast with Bush’s appeasement to illegals, but maybe Bush figured that it’s his last day, so what the hell. A commutation isn’t a pardon, but at least they’re out of prison.

It’s too bad that, with the exception of his defense of the unborn, Bush had to wait until his last day in office to make conservatives even reasonably happy on a domestic issue — but, in any case, good on ya, Dubya.

Author: Doug Powers

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