Seems like a pretty strange get out the vote effort.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pardoned 7 illegal immigrants under threat of deportation, taking a direct shot at President Trump’s policies in the process.
“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,” Cuomo claimed.
Those pardoned, according to reports, have led a life free of crime over the past seven years, though five of the individuals had been arrested for possession or intent to sell a controlled substance, while the other two had been involved in petit larceny.
Today I issued pardons to 7 individuals facing the threat of deportation resulting from minor convictions. While President Trump engages in policies that rip children from their mothers and tries to ramp up the deportation of New Yorkers, we will protect our immigrant communities
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 23, 2018
The governor of the Empire State has been relentlessly making decisions with 2020, not his constituents, in mind, taking shots at Trump at every possible moment.
Last month he announced a lawsuit against the administration for enforcing an immigration policy of protecting children at the border that was implemented long before the President took office.
“The Trump Administration’s policy to tear apart families is a moral failing and a human tragedy,” Cuomo said in a statement which more accurately reflects his political career.
#BREAKING: New York State intends to file a multi-agency lawsuit against the Trump administration for violating the Constitutional rights of immigrant children and their families who have been separated at the border. pic.twitter.com/df497NyEnb
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 19, 2018
Cuomo’s shameless pandering didn’t stop with pardoning illegal immigrants. (RELATED: New York To Sue Feds Over Trump’s DACA Decision).
The man who constantly parrots the phrase “reproductive rights” because that’s the phrase engineers programmed into his software, also granted conditional pardons to well over 70 sex offenders.
The New York Daily News reports that these convicted sexual predators had been “deemed too dangerous to be returned to the community after their release from prison,” were sent to civil confinement in state psychiatric hospitals, but are now among thousands who received the conditional pardons thanks to Cuomo.
Even better – they will now have the right to vote after their release under an executive order signed by Cuomo in April.
State Senate Republicans are going to have a field day with this. https://t.co/DXu1XQKEsi
— Liz Benjamin (@CTLizB) July 23, 2018
The order states that “restoration of the right to vote is an important aspect of the reintegration of individuals under parole supervision back into society to become law-abiding and productive citizens.”
In an accompanying press release, Cuomo said: “The right to vote is fundamental and it is unconscionable to deny that basic right of citizenship to New Yorkers who have paid their debt to society.”
Among those granted the right to vote by Cuomo is a man named Hector Aviles, a 61-year-old man known as “voodoo rapist.”
Aviles was convicted of second-degree rape in 2008 after telling three of his victims that if they participated in a sexual “ritual,” he could help them with their problems. If they refused, he told them terrible things would happen to them and their families.
The oldest of those three victims was 16.
.@NYGovCuomo is granting dozens of vile and dangerous sex offenders pardons so they can vote?! RT if you are disgusted by this and think we need a new Governor like @marcmolinaro with the right priorities! https://t.co/snpZkchSZz
— New York GOP (@NewYorkGOP) July 23, 2018
“This policy rewards the worst of the worst sexual predators and lowlifes in our society and undermines the integrity of our voting system in every way, shape, and form,” State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said, according to the Daily News.
Cuomo’s hopes of capturing the nomination for President in 2020 rest on pandering to his Democrat base – which apparently consists of felons and illegal immigrants.