New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pardoned 18 illegal aliens who will now be able to remain in the United States and circumvent or defer deportation.
According to the New York Times, Cuomo pardoned the 18 illegal aliens to “free them from the threat of deportation or other immigration-related issues” with the governor even praising his decision in a Twitter post.
“While the federal government continues to target immigrants and threatens to tear families apart with deportation, these actions take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York,” Cuomo said in the post, ignoring the impact illegal immigration has on America’s working and middle class.
While the federal government continues to target immigrants and threatens to tear families apart with deportation, these actions take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York. https://t.co/QK1lzhMgfg
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) December 28, 2017
Cuomo’s office further downplayed the releasing of illegal aliens into the general public, saying that “most” of the illegal aliens pardoned had committed crimes “decades ago.”
“New York is a state of immigrants,” Cuomo’s senior adviser Alphonso David told the New York Times. “And most of these individuals made mistakes decades ago, and have been contributing members to our society.”
The open borders lobby immediately praised Cuomo’s decision.
Co-Director of Immigrant Rights Clinic” Alina Das told the Times:
“I think there is an increasing awareness that states will have to step in to protect immigrants,” she said. “Certainly during this current administration, when immigration enforcement has been as extensive and harsh as it has been, it has really shed light on the importance of governors using their power to grant clemency.”
In President Trump’s first 8 months in office, he successfully increased the number of illegal aliens living across the U.S. who were arrested and deported by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency by nearly 40 percent when compared to the previous year, Breitbart News reported.
Trump’s pro-enforcement executive order — which he signed in January 2017 — has proven effective, with deportations of illegal aliens living in the U.S., and not those caught at the border, peaking at more than 61,000 between January 20 to September 30, 2017.