President Bush made the decision to extend clemency to the border guards on the basis that their prison sentences were excessively harsh. The former border agents are expected to be released from prison sometime within the next two months.
"President Bush certainly saved the best for last," said Eagle Forum President
"Ramos and Compean have had strong support from the American people ever since they were convicted in 2006, but the chances that their sentences would be at least commuted was looking bleak for some time," Schlafly said.
"As President Bush's term was nearing its end, we were running out of time to push hard for a pardon or commutation," said Schlafly. "So, over the past two months, we mobilized the grassroots and that really turned up the heat and increased the pressure not only on the White House, but on the U.S. Pardon Attorney,
"We're very appreciative of President Bush today," concluded Schlafly. "It's good to know after all these years of pleading for a pardon or commutation and receiving no response, that President Bush really was listening the American people all along."
Eagle Forum has championed the cause of Ramos and Compean ever since they were convicted in an unfair trial in 2006 and entered federal prison in
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