Last week, liberal California governor Jerry Brown pardoned some illegal immigrants who were set for deportation. Now, New York’s liberal governor Andrew Cuomo is following his lead. In both cases, it looks like liberals are putting illegal immigrants ahead of American citizens.
The New York Times reports:
In Rebuke to Trump, Cuomo Pardons 18 Immigrants
In a jab at President Trump’s promises to crack down on illegal immigration, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday pardoned 18 immigrants in an effort to free them from the threat of deportation or other immigration-related issues.
The pardons targeted those who had committed low-level offenses and had demonstrated significant rehabilitation since their convictions, Alphonso David, the governor’s chief counsel, said in an interview.
“New York is a state of immigrants,” Mr. David said. “And most of these individuals made mistakes decades ago, and have been contributing members to our society.”
With the new slate of pardons, Mr. Cuomo nearly tripled the number he had issued explicitly to stave off deportations, his office said. Before Wednesday, the governor had pardoned seven people for that purpose.
This is the second time that the governor has wielded clemency as a direct rebuke to Mr. Trump’s immigration policies. The president has directed immigration officials to prioritize the deportation of any undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes, even low-level ones.
Republicans must run a candidate against Cuomo the next time he’s up for re-election.