- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 17, 2009

EXCLUSIVE:

EL PASO, Texas — Two U.S. Border Patrol agents whose sentences were commuted by President George W. Bush on his final full day in office had a taste of freedom Tuesday, as long as they stay in their El Paso homes and don’t talk to the press for the next 31 days.

Ignacio “Nacho” Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean were furloughed by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons from jail in Arizona and Ohio respectively, to be flown to their families in El Paso, according to Mr. Ramos’ wife, Monica.

Mrs. Ramos met her husband at the prison in Phoenix and the two boarded a plane for the one-hour flight home.

“He is still in shock and has no words to describe his feeling,” Mrs. Ramos told The Washington Times.

Earlier Tuesday, Mr. Ramos spoke to three young sons by phone. Mrs. Ramos said they “are still trying to adjust to fact and believe that their father is coming home.”

In El Paso, local and national television staked out the airport waiting for their arrival.

Prison officials said the agents will have to stay in their homes and are not allowed to talk to the press until the commutation takes effect March 20.

Patty Compean, Mr. Compean’s wife, could not immediately reached for comment.

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