Local lawmakers are applauding a decision by outgoing President George W. Bush to commute the sentences of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents convicted in the shooting of a Mexican drug dealer.
Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who have been serving decade-long sentences after shooting drug smuggler Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila as he fled and trying to cover up their actions, will go free in the next two months. In the eyes of U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, that’s a resounding victory.
“Our prayers have been answered!” Rohrabacher said in a statement released to the media. “This is not just a day of celebration for the families, but it is a victory for all Americans. ...The hearts of all patriotic Americans are filled with joy at the announcement that our brave border defenders, Ramos and Compean, will be freed from unjust captivity.”