Gov. Andrew Cuomo pardoned several illegal immigrants Monday in order to help them avoid deportation.
The New York Democrat, who is up for re-election this year, pardoned seven people who had minor criminal convictions, ranging from petty larceny to drug possession, his office said, Fox News reports.
“At a time when President Trump and the Federal government are waging a war on our immigrant communities, New York stands firm in our belief that our diversity is our greatest strength,” ~ Cuomo
It marks the third time Cuomo has used his power to grant clemency to immigrants facing ouster from the US — including last December, when he pardoned 18 individuals.
The move is a clear shot at President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, New York Post reports.
“While President Trump engages in policies that rip children out of the arms of their mothers and tries to ramp up the deportation of New Yorkers to advance his political agenda of hate and division, we will protect our immigrant communities,” ~ Cuomo
Cuomo is pardoning illegal aliens that have been convicted of crimes, everything from larceny to narcotics.
According to the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency, a 2017 executive order from Trump expanded the agency’s focus to include removing immigrants who have been convicted or charged with a criminal offense, among other things.
Frank Barker, 43, was among those pardoned Monday, according to the governor’s office. He was convicted for criminal possession of stolen property and controlled substances and identity theft which stemmed from a drug addiction.
Somehow we must put a stop to the corruption and blatant destruction of our nation. Cuomo is putting illegal convicts ahead of American citizens all in the name of hate.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.