I have zero faith in George Bush when it comes to the issue of Hispanic illegal immigration. He is the one who pushed for the fight with the base of the party for amnesty. Not once, but twice. He called his strongest supporters racist simply for wanting border security before amnesty. Bush was willing to see the collapse of the Republican party over the issue and he did.
So I hold out little hope he will commute the sentences of Ramos and Compean– You don’t know how wrong these Border Patrol agents were. Take a look at the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General’s Report on the Investigation of Ramos and Compean. Not only were they not supposed to shoot at Aldrete-Davila, the border jumping, drug smuggling, arrest resisting officer assaulter, they weren’t event supposed to chase him on the chance he had “undocumented workers” in his van.
[The] “Investigation disclosed that Ramos and [Compean] and other Border Patrol Agents’ were unaware of what was inside the van during the pursuit and they acknowledged that the van could have been loaded with undocumented aliens, to include women and children, and therefore might have caused a serious accident due to the sharp 90 degree turns at high speeds.”
Note the use of “undocumented workers” to describe people not working but sneaking across a border. Also note how the supposedly neutral report lays it on thick with the women and children comment. Notice there is no fear that documented workers of working age could be hurt.
But what is more unsettling about the Office of Homeland Security Report is that the OHS thinks that vans with unknown contents attempting to evade border patrol agents should not be pursued.
Mr. President, free these men.