Governor Andrew Cuomo (D, NY) ripped President Trump on Wednesday after announcing the pardon of 61 immigrants. Some had been facing deportation under the Trump administration.
Cuomo said he had evaluated the men and women involved and decided that their rehabilitation efforts have been genuine and productive. Most have committed only minor offenses.
The pardons announced, Cuomo made no bones about the pardons having another purpose – a direct shot across the bow at the Trump White House.
“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,” reads the Governor’s statement.
But make no mistake, the pardons do not seem at all to be rationalized, but fair and compassionate. Many of the stories now floating to the surface indicate that the U.S. citizens involved are not guilty of a crime.
Lorena Borjas, 57, had been convicted of “criminal facilitation” in 1994, for instance. But she was a victim, not the perpetrator of a sex-trafficking racket. Borjas will work as an advocate for LGBTQ rights and transgender kids.
Cuomo gave a nod to Hollywood’s support of immigration as well by announcing the pardoning of a rehabilitated nephew of an actor.
More from The Hill:
Prior to Wednesday’s pardons, Cuomo had issued seven pardons for immigrants in an effort to postpone their deportation, The New York Times reported.
Cuomo also commuted the sentence of convicted murderer Dominic Dupont, whose uncle is actor Michael K. Williams. Williams is known for his roles on HBO’s “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire.” Dupont has served 20 years of a 25-year sentence. A government official told The New York Daily News that the decision was based on Dupont’s work as a youth counselor at Green Haven Correctional Facility.
Statistics show that Trump is – so far – more bark than bite on the issue of the Southern border. However, combine his lust for persecuting illegal immigrants and over-zealous wish for “rough” police tactics, and you’ve got a President who creates a scary situation for many citizens who are just hoping for a chance.
Cuomo’s announcement may, on some level, help allay some fears in those communities…at least for now.