Bush Commutes Border Agents' Sentences, No Pardon

President Bush followed the advice of HUMAN EVENTS’ Top 10 list of “Things President Bush Should do Before Leaving Office” and commuted the controversial prison sentences of U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean Monday, his last day in office.

Agents Ramos and Compean have been in prison since January ‘07 for wounding a fleeing drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete Davila on the U.S. Mexican border. Both Republicans and Democrats alike voiced opposition to the 11 and 12 year sentences of the agents claiming they were too harsh and that the agents were merely doing their job.

“Ramos and Compean were not rogue or corrupt officers. They did not wake up the morning of Feb. 17, 2005, intent on committing a crime, unlike Davila. On that fateful day, they put on their uniforms, strapped on their badges and guns to protect our families from illegal alien criminals like Aldrete Davila,” wrote Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on HUMAN EVENTS earlier last month.

HUMAN EVENTS is grateful for the clemency granted by President Bush his last day in office, but can’t help but wonder how our justice system unfairly lead these law enforcement officers to their initial sentencing.

HUMAN EVENTS would also like to point out that Bush’s commutation of Ramos and Compeans’ sentences still leave them with the stigma of being guilty, unlike a pardon that would clear them completely.