New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday granted pardons to 29 people, including 22 immigrants who were at risk of being deported, and took a swipe at President Donald Trump for shutting down the federal government "over his obsession with keeping immigrants out."
"New York stands strong in our support for immigrant communities," Cuomo wrote in a statement.
"These actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York," he added.
Cuomo has been a constant critic of Trump's immigration policies and has vowed to protect "the rights and freedoms of all New Yorkers, including immigrants."
Trump wants $5 billion in border funding, but Democrats have blanched as the partial government shutdown moved into its 11th day.
Cuomo said the pardons were issued to individuals in good standing and "in recognition of their rehabilitative efforts and to remove the barriers that their criminal records present to their immigration status."
"Every recipient is in good standing, having given back to their communities and families in a variety of ways, and having demonstrated a substantial period of crime-free, good citizenship," he said in the statement.
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