NY Governor To Accelerate Pardons to Avoid Deportation

New York Governor David Paterson today announced that he would accelerate the pardon process so as to grant more pardons to legal immigrants convicted of old, minor crimes and prevent them from being deported.

Some of our immigration laws, particularly with respect to deportation, are embarrassingly and wrongly inflexible,” Mr. Paterson said in a speech on Monday at an annual gathering of the state’s top judges. “In New York we believe in renewal,” he added. “In New York, we believe in rehabilitation.”

In other good news, Sheriff Joe Arpaio won't run for Governor. Now if he'd only leave law enforcement. David Newert at Crooks and Liars has more on Arapio's possible motives. And here's the Pulitzer winning five part Tribune series on Arpaio's performance in office, which leaves much to be desired, to say the least.

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    Good On Pateson (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by squeaky on Mon May 03, 2010 at 11:27:16 PM EST
    He has really good politics, very progressive, to bad he is such a bad politician.

    Yeah... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by kdog on Tue May 04, 2010 at 09:56:25 AM EST
    credit where its due...good stuff.

    The "we believe in rehabilitation" stuff kinds rings hollow though...compared to Texas maybe, but we're still stuck in the dark ages when it comes to rehabilitation in many respects.  Much more to be down...but this is better than the same old "lock 'em up" rhetoric...the benefits of being a lame duck I guess, you get to do some good without worrying about an opponent calling you soft.


    Lame Duck (none / 0) (#3)
    by squeaky on Tue May 04, 2010 at 10:26:39 AM EST
    I doubt that this has to do with his lame duck status. He is a good man. What has to do with his lame duck status, is that he is a lousy pol, in that he seems to wear a kick me target on his back.