New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued grants of clemency to 29 people on the last day of last year, Dec. 31, 2018. Of the 22 pardons from that group, several were issued with the express purpose of protecting the recipients from being targeted for deportation.
New York Gov. Cuomo's Statement
In a statement announcing the grants, Cuomo said the pardons were issued to recognize the individuals' efforts at remaining crime-free since their convictions and to prevent their criminal records from posing a risk to their immigration status.
"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," Cuomo said. "These actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York."
Marvin Hernandez, 34, who was brought to the United States from El Salvador when he was three, was pardoned by Cuomo. According to the Rockland/Westchester Journal News, Hernandez was accused of setting fire to a box of trash in a mall, where he worked as a mall security officer, when he was 21. The fire was quickly put out, and he was convicted of third-degree attempted arson. This pardon will help Hernandez avoid deportation to El Salvador, where he has no family.
Trevor Elliot, 67, is another pardon recipient. Born in Jamaica, he was convicted for the sale and attempted sale of marijuana in the early 1990s. He has since worked at a nonprofit that provides youth services, has been an elder-care provider, and has remained crime-free for at least ten years.
Dimas Acosta Ramirez
Dimas Acosta Ramirez, 64, was born in Colombia but has lived in the U.S. for 46 years. According to the governor's office, he was convicted of robbery in 1976, petit larceny in 1992 and sale of a controlled substance in 1997. Not only has he been crime-free for 21 years, he is a volunteer pastor, has fathered three children who have served in the U.S. military, and provides childcare to his grandchildren. With this pardon, he no longer faces deportation.
New York Pardon Lawyers
If you or a loved one has a conviction, it can affect not only where you can live and where you can work, it can trigger your deportation. Contact the Law Offices of Brandon Sample to learn how you can obtain clemency to clear your criminal record and protect your family.