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ImmigrationCuomo pardons 9/11 ground zero worker facing deportation

Published 22 June 2017

Governor Andrew Cuomo has pardoned an undocumented immigrant who worked on to help clean up ground zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The pardon would help Carlos Cardona fight deportation proceedings. Cardona was convicted in 1990, when he was 21-year old, for attempting to sell a controlled substance.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has pardoned an undocumented immigrant who worked on to help clean up ground zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The pardon would help Carlos Cardona fight deportation proceedings.

Cardona was convicted in 1990, when he was 21-year old, for attempting to sell a controlled substance.

That conviction had drawn the attention of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, now operating under President Trump’s instructions to deport as many undocumented immigrants as possible.

The New York Daily News reports that Cardona helped with recovery work at the World Trade Center after the terrorist attack. He developed acute respiratory problems later on, and as has been the case with other 9/11 rescue workers,  he has also been suffering from depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cardona is originally from Santiago de Cali, Colombia, and entered the United States as a 16-year old in 1986.

He was detained by ICE agents in February, and has been held in detention since.