Debra J. Saunders

U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean are serving "excessive" prison sentences right now. The agents were convicted for shooting at a fleeing suspect who was smuggling 743 pounds of marijuana over the border in 2005, as well as for covering up the shooting and denying the smuggler of his rights. Today, the smuggler is suing the federal government for $5 million, while Ramos and Compean are serving 11-year and 12-year prison sentences, respectively.

These men dedicated their adult lives to public service. They deserve a commutation, so that they can return to their wives and the children who need them.

"There are hundreds if not thousands of worthy clemency petitions awaiting the president's decision -- these prisoners don't have the same White House connections as Scooter Libby, but they deserve the same serious consideration he received," wrote Families Against Mandatory Minimums President Julie Stewart. "The president needs to grant these applicants to prove that clemency is available not just to the well-connected but to every deserving prisoner."

"Independence Day is coming," Ralston noted. "And I think that would be the perfect time for President Bush to grant some more clemencies. I'll be watching the fireworks this Fourth and hope some of the women I left behind will have that same privilege."

Debra J. Saunders

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