Cuomo grants clemency to Caribbean immigrants


Nelson A. King (Caribbean Life News) reports that, while “President Donald J. Trump and the federal government waging war against Caribbean and other immigrants, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has granted pardons to individuals convicted of minor offenses from deportation.” King writes:

Cuomo said on Monday that he was granting clemency to 29 immigrants “who have demonstrated substantial evidence of rehabilitation and a commitment to community crime reduction.”

“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,” said Cuomo in making the announcement. “These actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York.”

The governor said the pardons are in recognition of the immigrants’ “rehabilita­tive efforts and to remove the barriers that their criminal records present to their immigration status. “Some are facing deportation, while others wish to be able to participate in their communities as citizens of the country they call home,” he said. “In each case, a pardon will make immigration-related relief possible, if not automatic.”

Cuomo said 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.”

The governor said it was the fifth time that he has used his pardon authority to protect individuals facing potential deportation, including most recently in August, when he issued a pardon to an individual on the morning of his deportation hearing and in July when he issued pardons to seven other individuals.

Those granted pardons on Monday included six Dominican Republic nationals, five Jamaicans, and one Trinidadian, Haitian and Cuban.

The other nationalities are Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, United Kingdom and Israel. [. . .]

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