This could be very good news for Border Agents Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos, as well as Border Agents who are will be afraid of being arrested for doing their jobs
President George W. Bush left open the possibility of a pardon for two U.S. Border Patrol agents serving federal prison sentences for shooting a Mexican drug dealer as he fled and covering up the crime.
Bush said "there's a process for pardons" and the case has to work its way through the system. In an interview with KFOX-TV in El Paso, Texas, Bush said the White House will review the case, and he urged people to "take a sober look at the case."
"People need to take a tough look at the facts, the evidence a jury looked at, as well as the judge. And I will do the same thing," he said.
Several lawmakers have urged the president to pardon former Border Patrol agents Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos for the shooting of Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, who retreated to Mexico after he was shot and later admitted he was transporting marijuana while in the U.S. illegally.
Look, maybe they did a bit wrong in not reporting the shooting and covering up the evidence, but, damn, the guy they plugged was an illegal alien drug smuggler. As Kos puts it, "screw 'em!" He got what he deserved, and Compean and Ramos were working to protect you and I as Americans.
There have been many people who were stone cold law breakers who have been pardoned, by Republican and Democratic Presidents. Ford pardoned Nixon, who clearly broke the law, to heal the nation. Carter pardoned all the Vietnam draft dodgers. They all broke the law, regardless of how they felt about the Vietnam War. Cocaine dealers have been pardoned. And so on. Why not pardon Border Agents, who try and protect the U.S.A's border integrity?
I hope that Bush is not looking at this as strictly a way to earn political capital back with Conservatives who are disappointed with his illegal immigration stances, to the point that they regret voting for him in 2004. While politics will always play a part, he should be looking at this as doing the right thing.
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Hot Air has video of O'Reilly interviewing US Attorney Johnny Sutton, who prosecuted the two agents.
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