(JTNews) – Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in a twitter post that illegal aliens who are in prison for marijuana possession should be pardoned.
On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced that he was going to pardon all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession.
“As I’ve said before, no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana,” the president tweeted. “Today, I’m taking steps to end our failed approach. Allow me to lay them out.”
“First: I’m pardoning all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession,” the tweet continued. “There are thousands of people who were previously convicted of simple possession who may be denied employment, housing, or educational opportunities as a result. My pardon will remove this burden.”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez responded to this tweet, stating: “This is truly great news. And for people to truly be freed from having their lives haunted by unjust marijuana convictions, we must work to *expunge* records beyond pardoning. Between that and descheduling cannabis, we can make huge steps forward for so many communities.”
AOC went on to say that illegal aliens in prison for weed possession should also be pardoned.
“Additionally, @POTUS should treat all people equally and pardon ALL unjust simple weed possession convictions, not some,” the tweet continued. “If the US is admitting these laws were unjust, then we shouldn’t discriminate pardons based on citizen status. Let’s get that Liberty and justice for ALL.”