13 March 2007

President still under fire for taking no action in Border agents' case

"President George W. Bush continues to face criticism for refusing to pardon two former U.S. Border Patrol agents that are serving lengthy prison sentences for shooting an illegal alien drug smuggler along the U.S.-Mexico border. White House spokesman Tim Goeglein says President Bush was asked about the case involving Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean in February and "made it clear that it was important the case be looked at."

Ron De Jong is a spokesman for Grassfire.org, a group that has collected more than 300,000 citizen petitions calling on President Bush to pardon the two former agents. But De Jong says the president "is committed to an open borders agenda."

The President has ignored thousands of petitions and phone calls, as well as members of congress "banging on his door," pleading that the agents be set free, De Jong notes. He says President Bush has had more than enough time to review the case."

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