Congressman Roy Blunt issued the following statement reacting to President Bush's commutations of Texas Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean:
"Today was a long time coming for Agents Ignacio Ramos, Jose Compean and their families. While these two men were not pardoned as many believe they should have been, I am glad their unnecessarily harsh and simply unnecessary sentences were at the very least commuted," said Rep. Blunt.
The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder takes a closer look at the facts of the case:
"The two agents shot a fleeing Mexican drug smuggler in the butt and tried to cover it up. They did not know, at the time of the shooting, that the smuggler was a drug smuggler; all they knew is that he was a guy driving a van who, when pulled over, tried to run away from them."
"Enormous pressure from conservatives ensured that the file would end up on his desk, although it's not clear whether the Justice Department had made a recommendation."