Governors Pardon Immigrants Convicted of Serious Crimes to Halt Deportation

Governors Andrew Cuomo & Gerry Brown
Liberal Governors Andrew Cuomo & Gerry Brown Pardon Illegal Immigrants to keep them in the USA.

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- While the nation was preoccupied celebrating the holidays, the While the nation was preoccupied celebrating the holidays, the governors of two major states pardoned immigrants convicted of serious crimes to shield them from deportation.

First, California Governor Jerry Brown pardoned two men on the verge of being deported for committing crimes in the U.S., according to a Sacramento news report.

Days later, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo [who is eyeing a run for President] pardoned 18 immigrants convicted of serious crimes so they could remain in the country. The foreigners had obtained legal immigration status in the United States but committed such abhorrent crimes that they faced removal after the completion of their criminal sentence. An official statement issued by the governor’s office refers to the pardoned as “contributing members of society” who face the “threat of deportation and other immigration-related challenges” as a result of their crimes.

Cuomo said the foreign criminals he pardoned had been rehabilitated but the “stigma of convictions” prevented them from gaining legal status or fully reentering society. “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,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The state press release also quotes several representatives from open borders groups praising the governor’s pardons. Among them is the president of a group dedicated to eradicating racial disparities in the criminal justice system, who commended Cuomo’s strong display of leadership.

“Too many immigrants with prior criminal convictions are subjected to the gratuitous punishment of deportation, despite being longstanding contributing members of our community,” said the president of the Vera Institute of Justice. The director of the Center on Race, Inequality and the Law also applauded Cuomo, saying “deportation is an out-size punishment for prior criminal convictions when people serve their sentences and go on to become longstanding, law abiding, contributing members of society.”

Let’s look at a few of the newly pardoned immigrants.

The Californians are two Cambodian men, Mony Neth of Modesto and Rottanak Kong of Davis, arrested in immigration sweeps a few months ago. The men, ages 42 and 39, came to the U.S. as children and were convicted of felonies as adults. The crimes include a weapons charge and association to a gang. Neth and Rottanak were scheduled to be deported in December along with dozens of other Cambodians convicted of crimes but a federal judge in southern California issued a temporary restraining order after their pro bono attorneys from a civil rights group filed an emergency motion. Nearly 2,000 Cambodians in the U.S. are subject to deportation, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) figures cited in a northern California newspaper. More than half of them have criminal convictions that stripped them of legal status.

The New York pardons include a 57-year-old Mexican transgender woman convicted of criminal facilitation, a 35-year-old man from Estonia convicted of larceny and a 53-year-old Dominican man convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance.

The Mexican national, Lorena Borjas, deserves to stay in the U.S. because she is a strong advocate for transgender and immigrant communities and runs HIV testing programs for transgender sex workers and a syringe exchange for transwomen taking hormone injections. The Estonian, Alexander Shilov, became a nurse and frequently gives talks on overcoming addiction. The Dominican, Freddy Perez, works as an electrician and takes care of his autistic younger brother. For these reasons, they deserve to remain in the U.S. despite their criminal histories, according to Cuomo.

This appears to be part of a broader effort by local governments to protect criminal immigrants from deportation. Months ago, Judicial Watch reported that prosecutors in two major U.S. cities ordered staff not to charge illegal immigrants with minor, non-violent crimes because it could get the offenders deported. Brooklyn, New York District Attorney Eric Gonzalez was the first to issue the order creating two sets of rules involving local crimes. The goal, according to a statement issued by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, is “minimizing collateral immigration consequences of criminal convictions.” Taxpayers in the busy New York City borough are also paying for two immigration attorneys to train all staff on immigration issues and advise prosecutors when making plea offers and sentencing recommendations. The idea is to avoid “disproportionate collateral consequences, such as deportation, while maintaining public safety.” Gonzalez, the Brooklyn District Attorney, says he’s committed to equal and fair justice for all Brooklyn residents—citizens, lawful residents and undocumented immigrants alike.

Judicial Watch
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A few weeks after Brooklyn proudly disclosed its policy, prosecutors in Maryland’s largest city joined the bandwagon, albeit more quietly. There was no public announcement or celebratory press conference but a local newspaper got ahold of an internal memo sent by Baltimore’s Chief Deputy State’s Attorney instructing prosecutors to think twice before charging illegal immigrants with minor, non-violent crimes. The chief deputy, Michael Schatzow, used similar language in the memo, writing that the Trump administration’s deportation efforts “have increased the potential collateral consequences to certain immigrants of minor, non-violent criminal conduct.” Schatzow is second-in-command to Baltimore’s top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, and oversees major crimes at the state agency.

“In considering the appropriate disposition of a minor, non-violent criminal case, please be certain to consider those potential consequences to the victim, witnesses, and the defendant,” Schatzow wrote to his staff.

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  • 53 thoughts on “Governors Pardon Immigrants Convicted of Serious Crimes to Halt Deportation

    1. George Orwell predicted this in “Animal Farm.”

      “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

      …and before, I thought that he could only be talking about communism…

    2. First pardon or not pardon gather them up and deport them any way. Second these two governors should be arrested for being criminals them selves. They are nothing more than traitors to this Country for there actions. They both should be empeached and lose every thing.

      1. @JMO, I think that you are on to something. Maybe every elected official should be automatically under investigation from the time that they begin their term of office until they leave office. Automatic investigation could be part of the contract of employment or just probable cause that a crime of some kind is being committed and that politician is involved.

    3. Democrats clearly will do whatever they need to do to get votes and it is usually at the expense of US citizens health and safety. They insist at allowing men into women’s restrooms giving the realists and child abusers unfettered access to their prey and now illegal invaders with criminal records are permitted to remain in the US when their records are washed clean by out of control governors. Their policies to not charge illegal immigrants of crimes they commit so they can avoid deportation is clearly unconstitutional as lady justice is no longer blind to a person’s race or situation. US citizens continue to get charged and convicted of these crimes while illegals are not charged because of their illegal status. Clearly prejudicial justice.

    4. The above referenced Chief Executives at state level are big on trampling on the rights of law abiding citizens though, or so it seems.How come, if one may ask?.

    5. I’ve come to the conclusion that what they’re doing is a good thing for my state (Iowa). With any luck all the thugs,criminals and illegals will migrate to these states and stay there. Thus leaving us alone. Since we can’t control what happens there. We should at least take advantage of their folly by offering free transportation out of our state and to there’s

      1. You are extremely naïve. ‘They’ are everywhere in the USA, are already illegal, and will stay put in states that offer employment (including Iowa).

        1. @Clark Kent, President Eisenhower got rid of nearly all of them in 1953. First Ike got rid of the bureaucrats that said that it could not be done. (Trump should do the same). Then Ike executed “Operation Wetback”. (And Trump could do the same.)

        2. Getting and keeping a job in Iowa is damn hard if you are illegal. Most companies are members of E Verify. Due to the incident in Postville a few years ago The owners of that company got an all expense paid stay in federal prison for employing illegals. By being a self reporting employer they are less likely to be raided by ICE as part of an agreement with the federal government. The company i work for had an illegal problem several years ago until they were raided. The financial costs of that raid were severe. The owners quickly learned their lesson. It now employs over 3000 people in several states. I can guarantee none of those people are illegal.

    6. The stupid people are those who put these morons in office. So if an illegal harms various residents of these states first thing they should do is think on who they voted for. Therefore if a Governor pardons one of these gems then you are at fault for voting for them For years NY & CA have put idiots in office but those who vote for them isn’t any smarter. So live with them. I hope all of the illegals move to these 2 states & the enjoy their company. They deserve them

      1. Not ALL of us “NEW YORK” residents voted for this corrupt communist dictator, He was “installed” by “city dwellers”, ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, and WELFARE SCUM. (These “groups” always outvote the reasonable people because of all the “freebies” promised by the DEMOCOMMIES and LARGE welfare checks) BUT EVERYONE better keep watching, because “KING” cuomo is looking for a shot at the Presidency, so then ALL of YOU out there will be STUCK with what WE have to endure, if he gets SHOVED into the white house with the usual “way” DEMOCOMMIES “win”… VOTER FRAUD, SOROS MONEY, RIGGED “VOTING” MACHINES, and ILLEGALS VOTING.

        1. Where, exactly, do ‘rigged’ voting machines exist? In your imagination? And what makes the money Soros has any greener than anybody else? P.S. The REAL reason dolts get elected to office is because the average Joe won’t get off of his fat azz to bother to REGISTER to vote; much less cast a ballot. Only 25% of eligible voters voted in the recent Alabama U.S. Senate election. Grow up.

          1. @Clark, the rigged voting machines exist where a traditional swing county can swing a “swing state”. It is surprising how few votes can make a swing county go one way or the other, and how few swing counties can swing an entire state.
            All it takes is one service programer to visit the swing county just before an election “to make sure that the machines are working perfectly before the election”. Counties pay companies to do that just like with their copy machines. Then another visit after the election to change the programing back, and no one is the wiser.

            1. Wild Bill,
              People like “clark” just like to keep pushing the narrative that the DEMOCOMMIES are SO “honest” and would NEVER CHEAT to win…YEH RIGHT. The “proof” was put out on the NEWS that soros maufactured “machines” had been pre-programmed to vote DEMOCOMMIE (unless the “voter” spotted the “change”) and complained to the “poll watchers”
              And COMPLAIN they did…JNo one wanted another crooked “election” ( like the LAST one for oscumbag)
              One “incident” was actually video taped by a voter with their phone and broadcast on the NEWS (much to the dismay of the democommies) Proof?? You Betcha!

          2. Rigged machines WERE in the States That had “touch screen” machines. (that would change “votes” if the “voter” was not watching after casting their vote) THAT “problem” WAS INDEED BROADCAST on NATIONAL TV after one person that video taped with their PHONE as they “voted” (much to the dismay of the DEMOCOMMIES) They were “counting” on those SOROS COMPANY MANUFACTURED MACHINES to put them over the top. (like in the LAST election for oscumbag.)
            Too bad for the DEMOCOMMIES… The people “wised up” and WATCHED how their “votes” were being “changed” and “informed the “poll watchers” That were FORCED to FIX the so-called “glitch” to actually cast their vote CORRECTLY. WISE UP, MORON, it WAS on the “news”.

    7. Commiefornia and New Jurk need our taxpayer dollars so they will hang on to status and do just as they damn well please regardless how many citizens the trample on while getting their jollies off with whatever makes Trump mad or look bad. I agree with the members of congress that Sessions needs to go. He is a weak link in the chain and allows all this stuff to pass under his nose. His main, and only concern, is getting drugs and MS-13 members off the streets. I agree these things are important but there are many other things that need a strong Attorney General to bring back in line.

    8. AND What about the Thousands of US. citizens on parole with Felony Convictions ?
      Not Violent crimes but things Like Embezzlement or Fraud . They have the Stigma of ,
      being a Criminal also ! Do they Plan on Pardoning ALL of them Also ?
      I think NOT ! These Governors need to be recalled ! and never be allowed ,
      to hold a position of power again. Unless it’s in cell block A as inmate janitor .

    9. Both of these Governors have just committed a serious crime “Aiding and Abetting Known criminals” by protecting them from the Law . They should both be charged and let them enplane it in court and also to the people of their States.

      1. Cuomo and Brown are totally NUTS. It’s rapidly approaching where a legal U.S. Citizen who shoots an individual attempting to do harm to the U.S. Citizen or members of his family, by an illegal immigrant, would face prosecution just to clear the illegal! Must be something they breath on the East and West coasts that cause them to be totally NUTS!!! This has gone WAY TOO FAR!!! Time for the Federal Entities to step in and correct this. Stop ALL Federal payments of any kind made to these states and bring Federal suit against those ordering this insanity.

    10. So let me understand this, in certain cities immigrants are not being charged for crimes that I, a born in America to American parents citizen, would be charged for. Solely so these law breakers can stay here to break more laws. That is really great. Can we be more clueless?

      1. @CKJ, So much for equal protection of the laws. Having said that, however, pardon will not save the illegal aliens from being deported. Deportations are based on convictions, except for illegal entry. The aliens still have a conviction on their record. Only an expungement of the convection record will save the illegal aliens from being found deportable in Immigration Court. As I recall.

    11. These two clowns are disgusting. Both took oaths to protect and defend their state’s and the US Constitutions. But all they care about is maintaining their power. Como talks about the feds tearing apart families, the illegals did that when they left their countries. How tore apart is Kate Steinle’s family?

    12. Moonbeam Brown is a MORON at most….. but then again so are half the citizens ( illegals ) of California, right ?… how did he get re-elected . I rest my case !

      1. Thats what disgusts me here in California. For all the griping that goes on about California these pot happy morons keep re-electing Moonbeam and DiFi and that witch Pelosi.

      2. The same way HITLERY ended up with the “popular vote”. Disqualify the “ILLEGALS THAT WERE not only “ALLOWED” but ENCOURAGED TO VOTE, and PRESIDENT TRUMP WON BY A LANDSLIDE.

    13. Embarrassing and a disgrace to this country that these idiots not only can be elected, but that they stay in office.

    14. A good share of us would like to secede from CA!
      Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown is a disgrace (just like his old man was) and his tyranny is supported by the entire progressive political machine. This is like the most infamous example of machine politics was Tammany Hall, headquarters of the Democratic Party in New York City. Headed by William Marcy Tweed, the Tammany Hall political machine of the late 1860s and early 1870s used graft, bribery, and rigged elections to bilk the city of over $200 million. In those conditions, political machines—such as Tammany Hall, run by boss William Magear Tweed (1823–73) in New York City—were able to build a loyal voter following, especially among immigrant groups, by performing such favors as providing jobs or housing. This is no different. Whether it is pardons, sanctuary, kickbacks, payoffs, or whatever, Jerry and his comrades are criminals. They became criminals as soon as they took the first steps to violate their oaths of office and turning their backs on the federal and state Constitutions. The USDOJ needs to investigate and prosecute them. That would be a good wakeup call to the rest of the commie bastards.

    15. So if you’re a us citizen and commit a non violent crime you can be charged? If you’re an illig— Ah an undocumented person—and commit a non violent crime you don’t get charged? It would seem that if you’re a US citizen and are convicted of a non violent crime you should be able to cite the above policies and get off?

        1. The idea of shooting annoying political typed might be attractive however please note the following.
          1. Shooting people you simply disapprove of is illegal.
          2. Shooting them makers martyrs of them, which means that they will be with us, like millstones round our necks, forever. You don’t want that, do you?

          1. I agree with ONE point that shooting them is illegal, BUT keep in mind THESE communists would not HESITATE to send their “goon squads” to take YOU out. if they find out you disagreed with “their ‘politics” and were voicing YOUR Opposing views. cuomo has already stated on NATIONAL TV that gunowners and Conservatives are NOT WELCOME IN “HIS STATE”…HIS STATE????
            Since when his HE the “supreme leader” of the people of N.Y???? If this statement doen’t sound like a MENTALLY UNSTABLE, tin-horn DICTATOR WANNA_BE please tell me what is???

          2. @Alan Shooting them may be illegal, but running over them is just an accident. Spill a little whiskey on you self, first… just for insurance.

      1. @Ron P, Yep, but the Cal government is smart enough not to say it has seceded. The aliens are just pawns. If the various levels of government would get out of our way, we could solve this problem.

          1. @Clark, You and me Clark. We could meet for coffee and a doughnut in Yantis, at the off brand gasoline station, before we got started.

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