Bush commutes sentences of former US border agents
By Associated Press
Monday, January 19, 2009
WASHINGTON – In his final acts of clemency, President George W. Bush on Monday commuted the prison sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents whose convictions for shooting a Mexican drug dealer ignited fierce debate about illegal immigration.
Bush’s decision to commute the sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who tried to cover up the shooting, was welcomed by both Republican and Democratic members of Congress. They had long argued that the agents were merely doing their jobs, defending the American border against criminals. They also maintained that the more than 10-year prison sentences the pair was given were too harsh….
This story is a victory for conservative blogs. While we often pay more attention to local stories here, Nationally this was big blog news. Conservative blogs pushed this story up to talk radio and eventually even the mainstream media. Bush has lost some of his popularity among conservatives over border security issues. There are some who will now remember him more favorably because of this.