New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is once again showing New Yorkers exactly where his sentiments lie, and it isn’t with them. Cuomo is trying to block the planned deportations of seven illegal immigrants due to what he calls “minor convictions,” including low-level assault, identity theft, petty larceny, sale of “controlled substances” and DUI (I have a feeling those things wouldn’t feel too minor to someone whose identity they stole or who was assaulted or whose family’s lives were put at risk when they were driving drunk or selling drugs, but those people are American citizens, so I guess they’re of no concern to Gov. Cuomo.) This is the third time Cuomo has used his pardon power to protect illegal immigrants with criminal records from being deported, as required by federal law.
Cuomo claims that the convictions of this latest group were all in the past and they have “demonstrated a substantial period of crime-free, good citizenship” (well, aside from still being in the US illegally), and that “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.” Aside from the fact that illegal aliens are not “immigrants,” he’s right: the vast majority of the immigrant community respects the laws of the US, and New York needs to break that up with the kind of diversity that can only be provided by illegal aliens with known criminal records.
In a related story, New York ranks #1 in losing residents to other states, so the government is making it as difficult as possible for people to move out. Have you ever noticed that the further left a place’s government is, the more likely they are to build walls to keep people in instead of out?
When not saving criminal illegal immigrants from deportation, Gov. Cuomo seems to think it’s his job to save failing newspapers. This week, the hysterically liberal New York Daily News suffered massive layoffs, and Cuomo’s reaction was to offer a state bailout with taxpayer money and complain that “these layoffs were made without notifying the State or asking for assistance.”
I wasn’t aware that it was necessary for a newspaper to “notify the state” before it downsized. That seems to suggest that Cuomo has some notion that the state has a supervisory role over the press. Perhaps he needs to bone up on the First Amendment.