New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pardoned several criminals on Monday to help them avoid deportation.
Cuomo, a Democrat who is up for re-election this year, pardoned seven people who had criminal convictions ranging from petty larceny to drug possession, according to Fox News. Cuomo’s office confirmed the pardons.
“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 said in a statement, according to Fox News.
“While President Trump engages in policies that rip children out of the arms of their mothers and tries to ramp up the deportation of New Yorkers to advance his political agenda of hate and division, we will protect our immigrant communities. With the Statue of Liberty in our harbor, New York will always stand against the hate coming out of Washington and instead serve as a beacon of hope and opportunity for all,” Cuomo said, according to Fox News.
Frank Barker, 43, was one of the seven pardoned by Cuomo, according to the governor’s office. Barker was convicted of criminal possession of stolen property and controlled substances and identity theft. The governor’s office stated those crimes were because of a drug addiction.
Fox News and Newsday reported the others who were pardoned:
Jose Rafael Cruz, 53, who was convicted of a sale of a controlled substance.
Ludames De La Cruz, 53, who was convicted for an attempted sale of a controlled substance.
Elpidio Rodriguez, 57, who was convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance and being intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle 19 years ago.
Tamar Samuda, 35, who was convicted 17 years ago of assault and petty theft.
Marino Soto, 43, who was convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Carlos Suarez, 41, who was convicted of petty theft.
The spokeswoman for the Republican candidate challenging Cuomo criticized the pardons.
“Everything Andrew Cuomo does is for his own political benefit, regardless of whether it’s right, wrong or dangerous to the public,” said Katherine Delgado, a spokeswoman for Republican nominee Marc Molinaro, according to Newsday.
In June of 2017, Cuomo challenged President Donald Trump to deport him, saying that, “We are all immigrants,” according to Fox News.
According to Fox News, Cuomo said unless people belonged to the Onondaga, Mohawk or certain other Native American tribes from New York, they were immigrants.
In New York City, attacks against Jews are skyrocketing.
The most recent incident left a man badly bruised. It was captured on camera and now police are searching for the attacker.
Many Jewish leaders say this is happening too frequently to be a coincidence, and it’s definitely no coincidence that the attacks are coming at a time when the Mayor has embraced Islam.
“People are very, very nervous about what is going on,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
Jewish leaders including Hikind told Burrell they believe the recent attacks in Brooklyn aren’t isolated.
“They’re not anomalies?” CBS 2’s Jannelle Burrell asked.
“No, not at all. In between these two incidents, there are so many others. Many of them don’t get reported,” Hikind said.
The latest victim is a 52-year-old orthodox Jewish man who asked that CBS2 not share his name.
Police are looking for the man who went after him Saturday afternoon as he was walking home from synagogue.
“I greeted him and I go, continue. Next thing I know, he said ‘I don’t like Jews, who were you talking to. I don’t talk to Jews.’ He put me in a headlock and I’m trying to maneuver out of him. In the meantime, I’m screaming ‘Help, help.’ He said ‘You don’t need help, I’m going to kill you right here.’”
The assault went on for five minutes before two people walking by pulled the man off and held him down. The 52-year-old was left with a black eye, broken rib and scratches.
A week earlier, police said a 42-year-old man, identified as Ari Ellis, was attacked on Eastern Parkway, punched in the face repeatedly. He suffered a broken nose and broken ribs.
“I don’t understand why they had to pick me,” Ellis told CBS2’s Reena Roy. “I wonder, do people realize this is anti-Semitism?”
“I don’t know if there’s a connection, but there’s a lot of concern there has been tremendous growth of anti-Semitism,” said Hikind.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, last year there were 11 anti-Semitic assaults in New York state. Seven of them were in Brooklyn.
Leaders of New York’s Jewish Leadership Council have written to the NYPD, questioning the timing of the attacks. Both happened on the Jewish sabbath – when there are fewer Jewish volunteer safety officers on patrol.
“We would like people to help us locate the person who committed this horrible attack on an innocent person,” Crown Heights Jewish Community Council Executive Director Rabbi Eli Cohen said. “Being able to walk down the street without being hurt is a civil right that every person has.”
“Unfortunately there are people out there who want to kill us for one reason: Because we are a Jew,” the victim’s wife said.
The ADL is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.
“I am disgusted and saddened by the vicious attack that occurred on Saturday in Crown Heights, which is being investigated as a potential hate crime,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. “This is not what our city is about, and my heart breaks that New Yorkers have endured this kind of abuse and violence. Hate has no place here, and I pray those responsible are quickly brought to justice.”
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
July 26th, 2018