New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo compared President Trump’s effort to crackdown on illegal immigration to a “crusade” and waging “jihad”, which is Arabic for holy war, against illegal aliens entering the United States-Mexico border and those already living in the country.
Cuomo made the comments while in Puerto Rico on Monday, where the governor had journeyed with a delegation of New York elected officials, students, and labor leaders to observe recovery efforts undertaken since Hurricanes Maria and Irma ravaged the island last year.
During a press briefing to publicize his visit, the governor was asked about his decision to issue a pardon to seven illegal immigrants residing in New York that were facing deportation by federal law enforcement for “minor convictions.”
The governor justified his actions, claiming the Trump administration had launched a “crusade” against those they do not “consider original Americans,” the Freebeacon reported.advertisement - story continues below
This administration is on a crusade against people who they do not consider original Americans, which is specious and hypocritical at best because unless you’re a member of a native American tribe, then you’re really an immigrant to the United States, right. [Emphasis added]
But, what they’ve done at the border, is an example of it, what they’ve done in Puerto Rico, and they are on a jihad to deport as many people as they can who they believe are not in the United States legally. [Emphasis added]
Cuomo also slammed the practice of deporting illegal aliens who have previous criminal records in their native countries, saying:
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One of the rationals they use is people who committed crimes in the past, even if they have no criminal activity, even if they’re now leading productive lives. They deport people based on past crimes. We’re doing everything we can to frustrate their efforts. [Emphasis added]
Under Cuomo’s logic of opposing the deportation of illegal aliens convicted of past crimes, illegal aliens entering the U.S. who have been convicted of violent crimes and child sex crimes in their native countries would be allowed to stay in the country so long as they are not convicted of a crime in America.
Most recently, elected Democrats across the U.S. have taken extreme positions on illegal immigration, suggesting that all enforcement of immigration be ended.advertisement - story continues below
Legislation that would have ended all border enforcement in the U.S. was signed by every Senate Democrat. Meanwhile, House Democrats pushed legislation that would have abolished all interior immigration enforcement.
Analysis conducted by Breitbart News revealed that if the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency been eliminated five years ago — as Democrats want — there would have been about 1,406,051 criminal illegal aliens released into the American public rather than being arrested and deported.
Americans — even Democrat voters — are by a vast majority opposed to abolishing ICE. In the latest Harvard/Harris Poll, 3-in-4 swing voters said they opposed the Democrats’ plan to end all immigration enforcement across the U.S. A majority of white, black, and Hispanic Americans say the U.S. needs stricter immigration enforcement as Trump has implemented.
The Freebeacon reports:
In recent months, the governor has attempted to position himself as a vociferous critic of the Trump administration, especially on immigration, in an effort to blunt the primary challenge posed by Cynthia Nixon, a former “Sex and City” actress and longtime progressive activist.
Last month, the governor announced plans to sue the federal government over its “zero tolerance” policy on illegal border crossings, claiming the Trump administration was “violating the constitutional rights of thousands of immigrant children” and their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
In April, Cuomo sent a cease-and-desist letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency responsible for border control and immigration, accusing it of using “aggressive” and “un-American” tactics in recent immigration raids across New York. In response to the raids, the governor issued an executive order mandating ICE secure a warrant when seeking to arrest illegal immigrants in state facilities.
Cuomo’s triangulation has not been sufficient in outflanking Nixon, however, as the actress has staked out positions firmly to the governor’s left in the national immigration debate. This was best exhibited by the candidates contrasting views on the future of ICE. Nixon, who in June denounced the agency as “terrorist organization,” has joined the burgeoning cry for abolition. Cuomo, meanwhile, has resisted such calls.