Its about Time: President Bush Commutes Sentences on Border Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean


FINALLY!!! We would have preferred it to be a full pardon; however, President George W. Bush has commuted the sentences of Border agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. The agents were convicted in 2006 of shooting and wounding an unarmed illegal immigrant, as per CNN,  suspected of drug smuggling at the time and then covering it up. No, they shot an admitted drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete Davila “in the buttocks”.  What a sad state of affairs when we have US prosecutors more concerned with illegal drug smugglers rights, than that of our border patrol.

Dana Pretzer of Scared Monkeys radio has previously interviewed Steve Elliot, the President of who have been instrumental in the petition effort to get justice for Ramos and Compean.

Dana also devotes his Daily Commentary to this subject on Tuesday, January 20, 2009:

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It’s about time lame duck GWB did the right thing and ended Compean and Romos’ nightmare.


In his final acts of clemency, President George W. Bush on Monday commuted the prison sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer ignited fierce debate about illegal immigration. Bush’s decision to commute the sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who tried to cover up the shooting, was welcomed by both Republican and Democratic members of Congress. They had long argued that the agents were merely doing their jobs, defending the American border against criminals. They also maintained that the more than 10-year prison sentences the pair was given were too harsh.

Rancor over their convictions, sentencing and firings has simmered ever since the shooting occurred in 2005.

Ramos and Compean became a rallying point among conservatives and on talk shows where their supporters called them heroes. Nearly the entire bipartisan congressional delegation from Texas and other lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle pleaded with Bush to grant them clemency.

Ramos had received an 11 year prison sentence while Compean had received a 12 year term. All this for shooting an illegal alien drug smuggler. Unbelievable. Being convicted for doing one’s job … protecting America from illegal drug dealing scum. Not only should they have gotten a pardon, they should have received a medal.

According to Hot Air, their sentences will expire now on March 20, 2009.

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  • Comments

    17 Responses to “Its about Time: President Bush Commutes Sentences on Border Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean”

    1. Michael on January 19th, 2009 9:28 pm
    2. Blink34 on January 19th, 2009 10:32 pm

      ‘sbout time. Here here.

    3. Scared Monkeys on January 19th, 2009 10:41 pm

      What a difference a President and pardons make.

      Bill Clinton pardons Mark Rich.

      George W. Bush commutes sentences of two boarder patrol guards doing their job who should have never been prosecuted.

      That just about says it all.

    4. MAG on January 19th, 2009 11:24 pm

      Well Scared Monkeys, I guess you forgot BUSH giving Skooter Libby a stay too.
      How soon they forget what they want to forget.

    5. HOPE on January 20th, 2009 3:49 am

      It will be interesting to see how much
      money is in that ‘blind’ Trust Fund….


    6. LilPuma on January 20th, 2009 8:53 am

      This is the first thing about this incident that makes total sense.

    7. Susan on January 20th, 2009 9:24 am

      The real tragedy here is these two men should have never been prosecuted for doing their jobs in the first place! I’m puzzled as to why the border patrol agents tried to cover up the incident when their actions were justified.

      Since when does the state of Texas allow a known ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT DRUG SMUGGLER to press frivilous charges against American citizens??

      Thank you, George W. Bush :-) You are my most favorite president of all time. You will be sorely missed :-( HAIL TO THE CHIEF!!

    8. Miss-Underestimated on January 20th, 2009 12:36 pm

      Bush did the right thing, twice, he also would not pardon Illinos Governor Lyin George Ryan.

    9. txchic on January 20th, 2009 1:12 pm

      #7 susan, the state of texas, (especially here in south texas), is extremely sympathetic to mexican citizens. i doubt the jury was aware of any drugs being involved in the case.

      if obama wants to do something useful he’ll issue a FULL PARDON. these 2 agents were not convicted by a jury of their peers (they were illegal sympathizers) & the whole circus was compounded by a left-wing nut job of a judge & a d.a. who was more concerned about furthering his own career than seeking justice.

      doesn’t this whole thing leave the agents as convicted felons & limit their job opportunities? JUSTICE HAS NOT BEEN SERVED.

    10. Susan on January 20th, 2009 2:03 pm

      txchic – How on earth could anyone be sympathetic towards illegals committing crimes anywhere in the USA?

      I hope both border patrol agents sue Texas for wrongful imprisonment and/or any other offense the state may have committed against them.

      It does not surprise me that the judge and DA were only in it for themselves :-(

      I’m not sure if a felony conviction will limit the border patrol agents job opportunities or not.

      I do know, for a fact, a convicted felon cannot get a job with the US government. Both of agents were federal employees and both should be reinstated.

      You are right, JUSTICE HAS NOT BEEN SERVED!

    11. txchic on January 20th, 2009 6:38 pm

      susan, many mexican-americans either came here as illegals or had relatives who came here as illegals. therefore the sympathy comes to play. it’s difficult to blame people when you see the living conditions…

    12. Ray on January 21st, 2009 12:40 am

      What kind of message does this case send to other border agents. If it was me i would hide and not see a thing. I would rather be fired for not doing my job instead of in the federal pen.

    13. Mary UK on January 21st, 2009 9:34 am

      I was pleased to hear those guys are to be released, as someone already said i dont understand why they tried to cover up??

    14. Susan on January 21st, 2009 12:28 pm

      Thank you, txchic, for clearing that up :-)

      I haven’t been to Texas (San Antonio) since the Spring of ’81.

      I had forgotten all about the large Mexican population…LOL.

    15. Dolf on January 23rd, 2009 6:18 am

      those border agents shot an unarmed men (yes a drugrunner) (also missed a few shots), then left him to die and tried to cover it up.

      yep…real heroes
      SM: A drug dealing, illegal scum. Sorry for my lack of compassion. The devastation of what drugs do prohibits me from feeling any sympathy for scum like this. BTW, how would they have known unarmed at the time? You going to take that chance?

      Did I say they should have received a medal? I meant a monument.

    16. Dolf on January 23rd, 2009 7:29 am

      so its ok for a cop to shoot an unarmed man (even though he is a criminal) and leave him to die…and then try to cover it up.

      I don’t really care about the criminal (live by the sword, die by the sword). I do care about the fact that they left a wounded men (who was in their custody) to die.

      and that they tried to cover up what happened.

      yeah…damn good cops

    17. Dolf on January 23rd, 2009 7:30 am

      btw. the scum is already in jail…shame for him he wasted the chance to clean his act up. (after his release cause of his testimony)

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