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Politics Why Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned five ex-convicts facing deportation, drawing Trump’s ire

04:10  01 april  2018
04:10  01 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

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“ Governor Jerry ‘Moonbeam’ Brown pardoned 5 criminal illegal aliens whose crimes include (1) Kidnapping and Robbery (2) Badly beating wife As an infographic described the crimes for which the five pardoned men were convicted , the show’ s weekend hosts tore into Brown , suggesting that he

“ Governor Jerry ‘Moonbeam’ Brown pardoned 5 criminal illegal aliens whose crimes include (1) Kidnapping and Robbery (2) Badly beating wife He served six months in prison and 13 months on parole. The three others pardoned who are facing deportation are Francisco Acevedo Alaniz, Daniel

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In a Saturday morning tweet from West Palm Beach, Fla., President Trump took aim at  California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who on Friday pardoned five immigrants who were facing deportation.

“Governor Jerry ‘Moonbeam’ Brown pardoned 5 criminal illegal aliens whose crimes include (1) Kidnapping and Robbery (2) Badly beating wife and threatening a crime with intent to terrorize (3) Dealing drugs. Is this really what the great people of California want? @FoxNews,” Trump tweeted. “Moonbeam” was a nickname given to Brown because of his interest in space exploration during his earlier terms as California’s governor in the 1970s.

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“ Governor Jerry ‘Moonbeam’ Brown pardoned 5 criminal illegal aliens whose crimes include (1) Kidnapping and Robbery (2) Badly beating wife He served six months in prison and 13 months on parole. The three others pardoned who are facing deportation are Francisco Acevedo Alaniz, Daniel

Jerry Brown of California pardoned five ex - convicts , including two whose families had fled the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia decades ago. Jerry Brown of California on Friday pardoned five ex - convicts facing possible deportation , drawing criticism from President Trump and heightening

Trump’s tweet, sent while the president was traveling from his Mar-a-Lago estate to the nearby Trump International Golf Club, may have been prompted by a report during the 6 a.m. hour of “Fox and Friends,” which Trump watches regularly. The show aired a segment titled “Lawless in California.” As an infographic described the crimes that the five pardoned men were convicted of, the show’s weekend hosts tore into Brown, suggesting that he was putting Californians at risk.

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“He wants to show mercy,” Fox chief national correspondent Ed Henry said. “But show mercy toward people who maybe have committed a misdemeanor and are now rehabbed. If they’re dealing drugs to our children, these are not the folks you want to pardon.”

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“ Governor Jerry ‘Moonbeam’ Brown pardoned 5 criminal illegal aliens whose crimes include (1) Kidnapping and Robbery (2) Badly beating wife and As an infographic described the crimes for which the five pardoned men were convicted , the show’ s weekend hosts tore into Brown , suggesting that

Gov . Jerry Brown has issued more commutations since he returned to office than any California governor since Brown ’s commutations for the 20 murder convicts were tucked into a larger batch of pardons and Jerry Brown pardoned 5 ex - convicts facing deportation , drawing Trump ’ s ire .

According to Brown’s office, the governor granted pardons Friday to 56 people who had completed their sentences years ago after being convicted of drug-related and other nonviolent crimes. Five of those are immigrants facing deportations, the Sacramento Bee reported. All of the five have since led law-abiding lives, according to Brown’s office.

Trump’s tweet is part of an escalating tension between his administration and the state of California. On Monday, the state sued the Trump administration over its decision to add a question about citizenship in the 2020 U.S. Census. And three weeks earlier, the Justice Department sued California over state laws considered to be friendly to undocumented immigrants.

Two of the immigrants who were granted pardons Friday came to the United States as child refugees.

Sokha Chhan came from Cambodia at the age of 13. His family had escaped from the brutal  Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Chhan lost his U.S. legal status in 2002 when he was convicted of inflicting corporal injury on spouse or cohabitant and threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize, both misdemeanors. He served nearly a year in jail and three years of probation. According to Brown’s office, Chhan served in the U.S. Army Reserve and volunteers at his local temple.

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Donald Trump attacked the California governor , Jerry Brown , on Saturday for his pardon of five ex - convicts facing deportation , including Brown ’ s pardons do not automatically stop deportation proceedings, but they eliminate the convictions on which authorities based their deportation .

Trump lashes out at California governor . Trump to migrants: Make your nations great again. " Governor Jerry 'Moonbeam' Brown pardoned 5 criminal illegal aliens whose crimes include (1) Kidnapping and Five of those pardons went to immigrants facing possible deportation , according

After he served his sentence, Chhan raised his five children as a single father by “working in the fields, working as a mechanic, or baking donuts for 12-13 hours every day with no days off,” according to one of his daughters who was quoted in the pardon statement.

Phann Pheach was born at a refugee camp in Thailand and came to the United States as a Cambodian refugee when he was 1, according to a GoFundMe page created by his wife. Sopeant Pheach wrote that her husband grew up in a bad neighborhood and that he committed drug crimes to “fit in.” Phann Pheach was convicted in 2005 of possession of a controlled substance for sale and obstructing a police officer. He served six months in prison and 13 months on parole.

The three others pardoned who are facing deportation are Francisco Acevedo Alaniz, Daniel Maher and Sergio Mena.

Alaniz was convicted in 1997 of vehicle theft and served five months in prison and 13 months on parole. The pardon statement said that Alaniz is active in his church and volunteers for a youth sports program.

Maher was convicted in 1995 of kidnapping, robbery and firearm charges. He served five years in prison and three years on parole. Originally from Macau, a small Chinese territory, Maher and his family moved to the United States legally when he was 3 years old, KQED reported.

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“ Governor Jerry ‘Moonbeam’ Brown pardoned 5 criminal illegal aliens whose crimes include (1) Kidnapping and Robbery (2) Badly beating wife and Gov . Brown on Friday, March 30, pardoned five ex - convicts facing deportation , including two whose families fled the Khmer Rouge regime in

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Maher is now the recycling program director of Ecology Center, a nonprofit based in Berkeley, Calif. He had been under the threat of deportation to China since at least 2015, according to the center, which launched a petition, held news conferences and organized a rally in San Francisco on Maher’s behalf.

“Daniel’s case is of a person who made one mistake as a young adult, served his time and then completely turned his life around,” the center said. “He is an asset to all who know him.”

Mena was convicted in 2003 of possession of a controlled substance for sale and served three years of probation.

A gubernatorial pardon does not guarantee that a person will not be deported, but it does erase the conviction that triggered possible deportation. It also makes a person eligible to apply for naturalization, said Margaret Stock, a retired Army officer and an Anchorage-based immigration lawyer.

“Normally, it’s not done lightly, and normally it’s only done when somebody has shown rehabilitation,” Stock said. “We also have a principle in America that we allow people to rehabilitate themselves …. It’s a power given to governors and presidents because people think that you should be allowed to forgive people.”

Trump’s tweet criticizing Brown is “odd,” Stock said, “because the president himself has exercised the pardon power.” She cited Trump’s decision to pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, one of the president’s staunchest political allies and a hard-liner on immigration. The August pardon came less than a month after Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt for ignoring a judge’s order to stop detaining people merely because he suspected them of being undocumented immigrants.

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President Donald Trump blasted California Gov . Jerry Brown on Saturday for his pardon of five ex - convicts facing deportation , including two Those pardoned Friday by Brown included Sokha Chhan and Phann Pheach, who face deportation to Cambodia, a country ruled in the 1970 s by the

Brown on Friday, March 30, pardoned five ex - convicts facing deportation , including two whose families fled the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia A Bay Area man facing possible deportation to a country where he’ s never lived received some long-awaited help Friday from Gov . Jerry Brown .

Friday’s executive actions weren’t the first time Brown has pardoned immigrants facing deportation. In December, the governor pardoned two men who, like Chhan, fled Cambodia as children during the Khmer Rouge regime and later lost their legal status after committing crimes.

In April, Brown pardoned three deported veterans who committed crimes after leaving the military. One is Hector Barajas-Varela, an Army veteran who was granted U.S. citizenship last week, 14 years after he was deported to Mexico.

David Weigel and Matt Zapotosky contributed to this article.

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