In a stunning announcement New York Governor Andrew Cuomo granted pardons to 22 criminal immigrants facing deportation and commuted the sentences of 7 more currently in prison on Monday. This after Cuomo pardoned 8 criminal immigrants who faced deportation this past summer. Those who were pardoned or had their sentences commuted had been convicted of crimes ranging from murder, possession of a weapon, sale of a controlled substance, robbery, possession of stolen property, larceny, assault, arson and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
The New York Democrat and potential 2020 Presidential candidate used the pardons to take a shot at President Trump saying “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”. This after Cuomo’s December 18, 2018 speech during which he declared New York’s independence from the United States.
Steve Zeidman, a Professor and Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law told the New York Times “It was really trailblazing. It’s a good way to start the year. These are wonderful people. There are more people who will be productive on the outside”.
Those pardoned or having their sentences commuted by Cuomo and called “wonderful” by Zeidman include Roy Bolus who was sentenced to 75 years to life for his part in a drug deal that ended in the deaths of two men.
They also include;
Frank Barker convicted of criminal possession of stolen property and controlled substances and identity theft.
Jose Rafael Cruz convicted of sale of a controlled substance.
Ludames De La Cruz convicted of attempted sale of a controlled substance.
Elpidio Rodriguez convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
Tamar Samuda convicted of assault and larceny.
Marino Soto convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Carlos Suarez convicted of larceny.
Marvin Hernandez convicted of attempted arson
Trevor Elliot convicted of criminal sale and attempted criminal sale of marijuana.
Dimas Acosta Ramirez convicted of robbery, larceny and sale of a controlled substance.
Cuomo is putting politics before the safety and security of the citizens of New York. These dangerous criminals came into our country, committed crimes, were convicted and by federal law face deportation for their crimes. Governor Cuomo is sworn to serve the people of New York not the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic party.
This week in California we saw the result of sanctuary policies when 33 year old police officer Ronil Singh was killed by an illegal criminal immigrant with a gang affiliation. In a recent ICE operation in New Jersey 105 illegal immigrants were arrested. About 80% of them had prior criminal convictions and several were wanted by Interpol for crimes in their home countries. Many were members of gangs including MS-13. Their criminal records included indecent acts by compulsion causing bodily injury, distribution of psychotropic drugs, fraud, forcible touching of a child, distribution of narcotics, prostitution with a child, endangering the welfare of a child, distribution of narcotics on school grounds, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon, possession and distribution of narcotics, bank fraud, criminal sexual contact, conspiracy to commit robbery and suspicion of being a member of a street gang.
Despite New York Governor Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Murphy’s refusal to cooperate with the federal government ICE had a productive year in 2018. ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations made 158,581 administrative arrests in fiscal year 2018. The largest percentage of aliens arrested by ICE wee convicted criminals (66%), followed by immigration violators with pending criminal charges at the time of their arrest (21%). In FY 2018 ICE arrested 138,117 aliens with criminal histories
(convicted criminals and those with pending criminal charges).
Cuomo is obligated to let the federal government enforce federal immigration law. Article VI, Paragraph 2 of the U.S. Constitution. commonly referred to as the Supremacy Clause, establishes that the federal constitution and federal law take precedence over state laws and even state constitutions. It prohibits states from interfering with the federal government’s exercise of its constitutional powers and from assuming any functions that are exclusively entrusted to the federal government. Cuomo’s powers as Governor do not trump (pun intended) the powers of the federal government.
The people of New York should be outraged by Cuomo putting his potential run for President in 2020 and pandering to the far left of the Democratic party before the safety and security of New York and complying with federal law. I hope that the United States Justice Department opens an investigation on Cuomo and his treasonous acts as Governor of New York.
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