New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo took a swipe at President Donald Trump in a statement announcing he pardoned 22 immigrants in the State of New York who were at risk of deportation due to their convictions.
"While President Trump shuts down the federal government over his obsession with keeping immigrants out, New York stands strong in our support for immigrant communities," Gov. Cuomo said in a statement released on Monday announcing the pardons.
"These actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York," Cuomo added.
Cracking down on illegal immigration to include the construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has been the cornerstone of President Trump’s immigration policies, which have been heavily criticized by leaders in the Democratic Party across the U.S. in both U.S. and state legislatures.
The federal government is currently in its second week of a partial government shutdown over the issue of border wall funding after a bill which included $5.7 billion for the wall failed to gain enough support to pass in the U.S. Senate on Dec. 21 due to no Senate Democrats supporting the measure.
The majority of the convictions committed by the immigrants at risk of deportation due to their convictions consisted of drug related crimes.