Yesterday, Bush issued 19 pardons and commuted the sentence of a convicted crystal methamphetamine dealer. But two US Border Patrol agents who shot an illegal alien in the act of smuggling 750 pounds of marijuana across the border still sit behind bars.
Earlier this month, Border Patrol agents were under fire by more dealers smuggling drugs into our country, but did not return fire. The case of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean has immobilized those whose task is to secure our southern border.
The President has received requests to commute the sentences of these two heroic agents from Senators on both sides of the aisle. An appeals court judge has publicly stated the judge and prosecutor in the case may have overreacted. Still, Bush would rather commute the sentence of a convicted crystal meth dealer than these two who shot a drug smuggler in the act of penetrating our border with illegal drugs.
I guess the crystal meth dealer will have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, but Ramos and Compean will continue to rot in jail for defending our country’s border, protecting our children from the poison imported on our southern border.
If you can’t understand how Bush can let this travesty continue, contact the White House and ask for justice for these two American heroes.
Maybe then our Border Control agents won’t feel intimidated by our own government and will once again be able to defend themselves against the forces arrayed against them along the Rio Grande.
Former Border Patrol agents seek last-minute help from Bush–ARRA News Service
A pardon for an immigration law-breaker–Michelle Malkin
Today, just in time for Christmas, President Bush pardoned 19 and commuted the sentence of another. Though I couldn’t find details on all of them, most served their sentences long ago and this act simply restores rights that are denied to convicted felons.
I cannot understand why he pardoned this criminal, who is scheduled for release in February.
Reed Raymond Prior–Convicted of methamphetamine posession with intent to distribute. Sentenced to life in prison with 10 years of supervised release.
From his appeal filed February 27, 1997
Acting upon information that Prior was dealing in narcotics, police made numerous attempts to locate Prior. On May 2, 1995, police located Prior’s vehicle at a Motel 6 in Des Moines, Iowa. They observed Prior carrying bags to his car as he prepared to leave his room. Police officers followed Prior to a mini storage unit where they saw him transferring items from his vehicle to the storage unit. Police officers then obtained a search warrant for the storage unit and Prior’s vehicle. During the search, officers found a large quantity of methamphetamine in a duffle bag on the floor of the storage unit. In all, the police seized 869 grams of methamphetamine from the vehicle and storage unit. The police also seized a scale, other drug paraphernalia, and $17,690 in cash.