Gov. Andrew Cuomo granted clemency to 29 individuals including 22 immigrants thereby preventing their deportation plus four murderers.
Twenty-two of the twenty-nine inmates won pardons, including several immigrants convicted of drug crimes who were facing possible deportation.
You can read the full list here.
Cuomo pardons convicted immigrant felons..
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New York, NY – Over two dozen convicted criminals – including 22 immigrants and four murderers – were granted clemency by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday.
“It’s a good way to start the year,” City University of New York School of Law professor Steve Zeidman told The New York Times. “These are wonderful people. There are more people who will be productive on the outside.”
Cuomo granted clemency to 29 convicts on Monday, an overwhelming number of whom were immigrants facing possible deportation, the New York Post reported.
Immigrants who are legal residents generally get deported after being convicted of serious crimes. The governor’s action prevents their deportation.
“While President Trump shuts down the federal government over his obsession with keeping immigrants out, New York stands strong in our support for immigrant communities,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“These actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York,” he added.
During the summer of 2018, Cuomo also pardoned eight other immigrants who were facing deportation, the New York Times reported.
Some of the individuals he conditionally pardoned have already been arrested for new offenses, according to the paper.
“Every recipient is in good standing, having given back to their communities and families in a variety of ways, and having demonstrated a substantial period of crime-free, good citizenship,” Cuomo said of those he opted to pardon on Monday. More
Did Cuomo take into account the victims they killed? What about the families of those who were murdered. It’s nice to see murderers earning their degrees on the taxpayers’ dime. It will be interesting to see how many of these pardoned criminals find meaningful work, vs return to a criminal life.
Can we investigate Gov. Cuomo (D NY) for pardoning immigrant criminals that should be facing deportation?