Bush commutes Scooter Libby, what about the border guards?

3 07 2007

Cross posted from    Right Truth

I respect the jury’s verdict. But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison. — President George W. Bush, July 2, 2007 (NRO)

President George W. Bush has made the correct decision for Lewis Scooter Libby, but what will he do about the border guards Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who have been in prison for simply doing their jobs?

Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were guarding the Mexican border near El Paso, Texas, on Feb. 17, 2005, when they intercepted a van carrying 743 pounds of marijuana. For what happened next, they were convicted and sentenced under a statute that was designed to impose heavy punishment on criminal drug smugglers caught in the commission of a crime. (source)

Ramos and Compean are serving 11-year and 12-year prison terms, respectively, for:

… the crime of putting one bullet in the buttocks of the admitted drug smuggler, Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, and failing to report the discharge of their firearms. The nonfatal bullet didn’t stop the smuggler from running to escape in a van waiting for him on the Mexican side of the border.

Now it’s time for President Bush to step up and free these men. Fred Thompson agrees with the commutation of Libby’s sentence AND agrees with me that the border guards should be freed.

Others:

The Devil is in the Details: Who Gets Deported? The Virtuous Republican
Analyzing the Fallout: Chambliss After the Death of the Immigration Bill , New Laws in Georgia Target Illegal Immigrants GA Crime Watch
It’s time to continue the push for border security, James Foley
Know your enemy, La-Raza, Tom’s Flashbacks

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to
learn more. Afterwards, email stiknstein-at-gmail-dot-com and let us know at what level you would like to participate.**

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