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Congressman Asks Trump to Pardon Ex-Border Patrol Agents

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By    |   Friday, 29 September 2017 02:42 PM

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., has asked President Donald Trump to consider pardoning two former Border Patrol agents, according to Fox News.

In 2006, the then-agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, were convicted in the shooting and wounding of an illegal immigrant. Both agents were fired and arrested on assault charges. The illegal immigrant later admitted that he had smuggled several hundred pounds of marijuana, Fox News' report said.

President George W. Bush commuted the men's sentences in 2006, but they still are considered "convicted felons," the Fox News report said.

The agents received sentences of 11 and 12 years, respectively, but they were released from prison early, in 2009, according to CNN.

"President Bush's actions got Ramos and Compean out of prison and I'm calling on President Trump to take the next step and give these agents their lives back," Hunter wrote in the letter.

The congressman's letter noted that Ramos and Compean engaged in a "hand-to-hand struggle" with the illegal immigrant after chasing a van that he drove. The agents fired at the illegal immigrant, who then ran across the border back to Mexico.

Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, the illegal immigrant, was given immunity from smuggling charges for testimony against Ramos and Compean, Fox News reported.

The agents said they shot Aldrete-Davila in self-defense, but prosecutors said the agents tampered with evidence at the scene. Aldrete-Davila was later arrested for another drug-smuggling attempt and got a nine-year prison sentence, Fox News reported.

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