Eagle Forum Hails President Bush's Commutation of Border Guards' Prison Sentences

Jan 19, 2009, 17:04 ET from Eagle Forum

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eagle Forum, a conservative public policy organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, hails President Bush today for commuting the prison sentences of imprisoned Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean to time served. Ramos and Compean have been serving 11- and 12-year sentences for allegedly shooting a drug smuggler in the buttocks who attempted to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border back in February 2005, and for failing to report the discharge of their firearms.

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 Phyllis Schlafly, who has consistently worked for the past two years to disclose little-known facts about this case through her weekly columns. "We are overjoyed and relieved that these two brave men will be freed from prison and finally returned home to their families."

"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, Ronald Rodgers, as well as U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, who prosecuted the two border guards, and thankfully, it worked."

"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 January 2007. Over the past two years, Eagle Forum members nationwide have sent thousands of messages to the White House seeking clemency for these brave border agents.

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