Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Virginia: McAuliffe Does What Presidents Have Done. Many Times.

Lilian Cruz Mendez (from El Salvador) was stopped for a broken taillight and convicted of a driving infraction in 2013. On May 18, during a "routine check-in with ICE officials," she was detained. Governor Terry McAuliffe has since announced that he has pardoned her for the “minor driving offense” and that he hopes the pardon will end any effort to have her face federal deportation proceedings. Says McAuliffe, “While this pardon will not necessarily ensure that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agrees to return Ms. Mendez to her husband and two children, I hope it will send a clear message that tearing this family apart will not make our Commonwealth or our country safer.” He added, “If President Trump and his administration are serious about making our nation safer, they will release Ms. Mendez, focus their immigration enforcement efforts on legitimate threats to our public safety and get behind the comprehensive immigration reform our nation needs.” See story here.

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