Ramos And Compean Are Going Home. What Took Bush So Long?

After tens of thousands of phone
calls and emails, after the combined efforts of
columnists such as myself and radio and television talk
show hosts such as Lou Dobbs, and even after persistent
appeals by congressmen such as

Dana Rohrabacher
, former Border Patrol agents

Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean
finally received a
commutation of their 10-plus year prison sentences from
outgoing President George W. Bush and will soon be going

It`s about time! What

took Mr. Bush so long?

Ramos and Compean were

by an out-of-control U.S. Attorney by the
name of

Johnny Sutton
(who should be fired for his

despicable conduct
), and by a White House that cared
more about appeasing the
Mexican government
than it did about protecting the
American border and the

Border Patrol agents
who were trying to do their

I won`t rehash the details of this
unbelievable miscarriage of justice, as I have already
covered this atrocity in past columns. See two of these
columns below:


Mr. President, Release Ramos And Compean
July 31, 2007


Whose Side Is Bush On?

January 31, 2007

I was also

privileged to appear
with Agent Ramos` wife, Monica,
on the Lou Dobbs show last year. As such, I was the only
Presidential candidate in 2008 who publicly promised to
fully pardon (not just grant commutation to) Ramos and
Compean. See the video


According to press reports, now
that President Bush has

commuted the sentences of Ramos and Compean,
should be released from prison
"within the next
two months."
In issuing the commutation, it was made
clear that "Bush didn`t pardon the men for their crimes, but decided instead to
commute their prison sentences because he believed they
were excessive and that they had already suffered the
loss of their jobs, freedom and reputations."

The senior administration official

also said
"The action by the president, who believes the border
agents received fair trials and that the verdicts were
just, does not diminish the seriousness of their

Ramos and Compean have served about
two years of their sentences.

And, as far as what the Bush
administration official said, let`s set the record
straight. First of all, while Ramos and Compean have
lost their jobs and more than two years of freedom (not
to mention untold grief and agony by their family
members), they have not lost their reputations. If
anyone has lost their reputation, it is Johnny Sutton
and George W. Bush, his act of clemency notwithstanding.

Secondly, if the trial and
conviction of Ramos and Compean is an example of a
"fair trial,"
everyone in the country better pray they never have to
go to trial. The truth is, if there

ever was an example
of a Kangaroo Court in these United States, it was the trial of
Ramos and Compean.

Thirdly, the
"crimes" that
were committed were perpetrated by a serial
drug-smuggling illegal alien, and then by a groveling,
grotesque U.S. Attorney`s office under the leadership of
Johnny Sutton.

And lest readers think that Ramos
and Compean were alone in the wake of a Presidential
administration bent on sacrificing American law
enforcement personnel on the altar of appeasement to the
Mexican government, please familiarize yourself with the
case of the brave Texas Sheriff`s Deputy,
Gilmer Hernandez;
and with the case of the heinous Mexican murderer,
Jose Ernesto Medellin.
It is incomprehensible what
the Bush administration has done to facilitate illegal
immigration. See the story


Am I happy that President Bush has
at least commuted the sentences of Ramos and Compean? Of
course I am. I am happy for the two agents; I am happy
for their families. They deserve to be together. I pray
it will not take months to release them. And I also pray
that both of these gentlemen will find gainful
employment sufficient to adequately meet the needs of
their wives and children.

It is shameful that the country
agents Ramos and Compean were so proud and diligent to
serve treated them (and their families) so
disgracefully. Furthermore, it is totally disgusting to
realize that the Bush administration treated a serial
drug-smuggling illegal alien better than two Border
Patrol agents who were simply trying to enforce our
country`s immigration laws.

Bush`s commutation of sentence does
nothing to erase that humiliation.

Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the
pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola,
Florida. He hosts a

weekly radio show
. His
website is