Conservatives have forgiven Bush for a lot of missteps since we handed him his second term in office -and by missteps I mean moving to the center and forgetting "the mandate" he was given...
This may be the unforgivable.
Though there has been unprecedented support from the public and public officials (including 55 members of Congress) and over 175,000 U.S. citizens that have spoken up...President Bush has made no effort to alter the fate of Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos. These are the two former border control officers who are to begin their 11 & 12 YEAR FEDERAL SENTENCES on Wednesday. They are "convicted of causing serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm and violating the civil rights of a drug smuggler and illegal alien at the U.S. - Mexican border." (source)
Mark W. Parsons (President of the Fraternal Order of Police in El Paso and an agent with Customs and Border Protection) says this has been affecting the morale of other agents and will surely effect recruiting for these jobs.
"Mr. Parsons stated that the aggressive prosecution, replete irregularities pertaining to the arrest and trial of the two agents, including but not limited to venue issues, restriction of exculpatory testimony and evidence, government corruption and jury misconduct "has made a lot of agents on the front lines 'gun shy' and afraid to do their jobs." He added that "if this can happen to agents Compean and Ramos, it can happen to any one of us." It is also sending a strong message to illegal aliens, drug smugglers, and potential terrorists illegally crossing the border into the U.S. everyday. Those involved in illegal border activities see this as a victory for them, endangers the safety and welfare of the officers on the front lines and compromises the safety and security of every man, woman and child in the U.S." (source)
This could all go away with a Presidential pardon. There have been many shady pardons made by other sitting Presidents -and this, a completely warranted and worthwhile cause goes neglected?! Why?
"[Les] Kinsolving (a WND reporter) asked Snow during a White House press briefing Monday whether Bush would consider using his power of pardon to free the agents.
"That's an unanswerable question, Les. The president is the person who is responsible for pardons. You can tell the network, which made you ask that question, that it is nonsensical," Snow said." (source)
Wrong Tony, what's nonsensical is that fact that the President is sitting by while two men that took an oath to protect our borders are being incarcerated for fulfilling that promise.
Minuteman Project: The Ramos and Compean Relief Fund