NY seeks to counter deportation laws

(AP) - Gov. David Paterson is creating a panel tohelp selected immigrants with past criminal convictions avoiddeportation.

Paterson says New York would be the first state to create a"pardon panel" aimed specifically at investigating requests oflegal immigrants facing deportation because of a past convictions.Paterson says he'll pardon immigrants who meet several criteriaincluding rehabilitation and a lack of danger to society.

The Democrat seeks to combat what he says are harsh and rigidfederal measures that result in deporting an immigrant after twoconvictions even if the immigrant has shown considerablerehabilitation.

In March, Paterson pardoned an executive who was a Chineseimmigrant convicted of a mugging as a teenager.

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