Brooklyn, NYC - Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced a new policy on Monday, to give illegal immigrants better plea deals than American citizens get. His goal is to protect these immigrants from deportation which could result from their prosecution.
The DA's policy comes right on the heels of criticism from President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions that "NYC brass is soft on crime", according to The New York Post. Looks like they're right.
In a statement, DA Gonzalez said that he "is committed to equal and fair justice for all Brooklyn residents - citizens, lawful residents and undocumented immigrants alike."
He also said, “Now more than ever, we must ensure that a conviction, especially for a minor offense, does not lead to unintended and severe consequences like deportation..."
The DA's Office said in its new policy that it will seek an immigration-neutral disposition, if at all possible, while acknowledging that other factors may play a role in the disposition. That means that they won't convict criminals of the crimes that they commit, and instead, charge them with less serious infractions or other offenses which won't result in jail and deportation.
As part of its new policy, the Brooklyn DA's Office has hired two immigration attorneys, whose duties are to counsel staff on immigration law, and provide advice when prosecutors make plea offers and sentencing recommendations. These two immigration attorneys will be paid with taxpayer money.
Under the new policy, violent felony convictions will still face normal immigration consequences, which is marginally better than the Santa Clara DA who likes to give breaks to violent felon immigrants.
The new policy was also announced just as Mayor de Blasio continues to defy President Trump and the Department of Justice by continuing to assert New York City's status as a sanctuary city, despite the pending extreme cost to taxpayers.
Looks like another District Attorney is refusing to put aside his personal beliefs and see that justice is carried out according to the law. Perhaps Eric Gonzalez and Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala could start their own defense firm, but they're probably too busy using taxpayer money to advance their personal politics.