Bush commutes sentences for Ramos/Compean (not a pardon)
George W Bush has commuted the sentences of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who were convicted of having shot a later-convicted drug smuggler in 2005. Note that he did not pardon them, so felony convictions will remain on their records.
The exact motivation for this is unclear; Bush could have taken action any time over the last couple of years. Perhaps Bush had a last minute change of heart, or perhaps this is a desperate attempt to rescue his legacy among the GOP base.
Expect several "liberals" to greet this news by standing on the other side, arm in arm with those who profit from illegal immigration, such as the Mexican government.