Bush issues pardons, commutations: Allows Border agents to languish in federal prison

President Bush has granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others convicted of crimes ranging from drug offenses to tax evasion, from wildlife violations to bank embezzlement.

The latest round of White House pardons are Bush’s first since March and come less than two months before he will end his presidency. The crimes committed by those on the list also include offenses involving hazardous waste, food stamps, and the theft of government property, according to an AP report.

Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were given terms of 11 and 12 years respectively on their convictions for shooting an illegal alien drug smuggler.

A comprehensive and updated report on the fate of the agents is available here. That they continue to be held is a true tragedy.

4 Responses to Bush issues pardons, commutations: Allows Border agents to languish in federal prison

  1. Ajo Joe says:

    This shameful inaction on the part of President Bush is appalling. These are American Border Patrol agents who were dealing with a known drug trafficking criminal during the course of doing their duties. He testified against them and was given immunity, until he was arrested on separate but similar crime.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    The president needs to do the right thing for these agents and their young families. This is very disturbing.

  3. Seen It Before says:

    George W. Bush is more interested in placating the Congressional Hispanic Caucus than doing what is right for these agents –both of whom are Hispanic, and considered defectors by the pro-amnesty crowd.

  4. RA says:

    Hear, hear – Bush is being VERY economical with his pardons in contrast to his predecessor. Why punish men who were risking their lives to do their jobs in the apprehension of a DRUG RUNNER?