Bush Should Pardon Ramos and Compean

Matt Lewis
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Posted: Dec 01, 2008 9:41 AM

This is not an original idea, but I think it's appropriate to use this space to call upon President Bush to pardon U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.  The two, of course, were convicted of violating gun laws and of shooting a drug smuggler (and covering it up) in 2005.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue of illegal immigration, this one should be a no-brainer.  These guys work under an incredibly stressful environment where they are up against, well, drug dealers trying to sneak into the country.  If there were ever a justifiable occasion to exercise the president's pardon power -- and to demonstrate "compassionate conservatism" -- this would be it.