Joe Biden pardoned thousands of criminals convicted of drug possession under Federal law in October.
NYT, in a story entitled “Marijuana Pardons Affect Just a Sliver of Those Swept Up in the War on Drugs,” complains bitterly about the fate of drug-dealing immigrants. Indeed, the story bears the subtitle, “President Biden’s pardons for thousands of Americans convicted of possessing marijuana don’t apply to state charges or many immigrants at risk of deportation.”
NYT, citing Biden’s past support for enforcing drug laws and hesitancy to legalize even more drugs, called Biden’s position on marijuana moderate. The Times quoted the associate director of policy at the National Immigrant Justice Center, Nanya Gupta, who called the pardons “symbolic” and asked, “who does it actually help and affect and impact?”
The Times points out that “Legal permanent residents,” which means “people with green cards,” were protected by Biden’s drug criminal amnesty, but this is not enough. The mass pardon is insufficient because “Biden’s order failed to instruct federal immigration authorities to stop deporting immigrants for possession of pot.”
To show how ineffective Biden’s pardon was, NYT performed a lengthy personal interest peace on a drug dealing immigrant. Kenault Lawrence, the drug dealer in question, immigrated to the United States at age ten, was twice convicted of dealing drugs (possession with intent to distribute), and deported back to Jamaica. The Times, ironically, pointed out that under Biden’s pardon, this drug dealer would still be kicked out of America.
While issuing his pardon, Biden asked governors to follow his example and pardon those convicted under state laws, some, like Oregon’s Kate Brown did. Others, like Texas’s Governor Greg Abbott, said he refused to take criminal advice “from the leader of the defund police party.”
The Times no longer appears to disagree with President Trump when he said, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime.” Instead, NYT seems to want to enable drug criminals to live openly amongst the American people.