Jerry Brown pardons five men facing deportation

Marsha Scott
April 2, 2018

Trump's administration has regularly criticized "sanctuary cities", including those in California, for their lack of compliance with immigration officials.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump advisers urging tougher action toward Russian Federation: report Eric Holder says he'll decide on a 2020 run by early next year Trump wrote back to 8-year-old seeking kidney for dad MORE on Saturday called out California Gov.

They were among 56 pardons and 14 commutations that the Democratic governor handed down ahead of the Sunday holiday. Jerry Brown, who pardoned five ex-convicts this week in an effort to keep them from being deported.

Those pardoned Friday included Sokha Chhan and Phann Pheach, both of whom face deportation to Cambodia, a country ruled in the 1970s by the genocidal Khmer Rouge.

Chhan, who was sentenced in 2002, according to The Bee, came to the United States at the age of 13 from Cambodia while fleeing the Khmer Rouge regime.

Pheach was convicted of possessing drugs and obstructing a police officer in 2005 and served six months in jail.

Mena was sentenced in 2003 and served three years of probation. He was convicted of kidnapping, robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm in the case. Alaniz served five months in prison for a 1997 auto theft conviction.

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Referring to Trump's tweet, Brown's office told local media that the president's comments were "rather curious given President Trump's proclamation yesterday declaring April "Second Chance Month" to 'celebrate those who have exited the prison system and successfully reentered society'".

"Pardons are not granted unless they are earned", the governor's office added.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions charges that the laws are created to intentionally obstruct the enforcement of federal immigration law.

He reserved particular ire for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who announced publicly that federal authorities would be conducting immigration crackdowns. The New York Times reported this week that Trump's attorney had floated the idea of pardoning Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security advisor, and Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman.

But Brown calls this lawsuit a "publicity stunt" by the administration as it continues to push Trump's "America First" agenda.

"We believe that deportation is an enhancement to their sentences that goes way too far", she said. "It is radical, really", he said.

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