Gov. Cuomo's priorities questioned

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Chad Groening (

inmates in orange jumpsuitsAn immigration enforcement advocacy organization says it's clear the governor of New York cares more about keeping criminal aliens in the country than protecting American citizens from criminal aliens.

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo pardoned 22 criminal immigrants, many of whom could have been removed from the U.S. or blocked from citizenship. The move marked an escalation in Cuomo's campaign to thwart deportations of criminal aliens. In 2017, he pardoned 18 illegal aliens convicted of crimes; and before that, he granted clemency to seven.

"During his campaign against Cynthia Nixon in the primary last year, he called [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] a bunch of 'thugs' basically for just doing their jobs enforcing the law," adds Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.


The immigration enforcement advocate argues that Cuomo is trying to play to his political base. "And he is using public safety as a means of doing that," he emphasizes.

"If we have to release criminals back into the state of New York, he's prepared to do that in order to appease the radical base. I don't imagine even in New York State that there is a huge demand on the part of people to release deportable criminal aliens back into society."

On the other hand, says Mehlman, President Trump has made substantive progress in forcing countries to take back their deported criminal citizens.

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