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California Gov. Pardons 132 Criminals And Commutes 19 More Sentences

Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned 132 criminal offenders on Saturday, including two men who faced imminent deportation.

​Sacramento, CA – California Governor Jerry Brown handed out 132 pardons to criminals and commuted the sentences of 19 others on Saturday, in what he characterized as an act of mercy.

Two of the pardoned criminals were about to be deported for having committed crimes while in the U.S., FOX News reported.

​It was the governor’s latest move in his escalating showdown with President Trump over illegal immigration.

In recent months, federal officials have arrested and deported immigrants who were convicted of felony offenses within the U.S., but Brown’s pardons help to eliminate the grounds for deportation.

Brown also butted heads with the Trump administration in October, when the governor declared California a “sanctuary state,” and signed legislation that limited state and local law enforcement’s ability to assist the federal government’s enforcement of immigration violations, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Brown previously served as governor from 1975 until 1983. He granted 404 pardons and one commutation during that time.

He returned to office in 2011, and has since handed down a staggering 1,059 pardons and 37 commutations.

The two pardoned criminals now have a chance at not being deported.

According to the San Francisco Gate, Mony Neth and Rottanak Kong were Cambodian refugees who escaped the Khmer Rouge as children.

Neth was convicted of a gang enhancement felony weapons charge and a misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property in 1995, The Sacramento Bee reported.

Kong was convicted of felony joyriding in 2003.

Both men were scheduled to be deported on Dec. 18, but an eleventh-hour federal court temporary restraining order put a hold on their imminent departure.

Following Brown’s pardons, Neth was abruptly released from Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center on Friday.

Kong remained incarcerated as of Friday, The Sacramento Bee reported.

According to attorney Kevin Lo, the men will still need to request that immigration courts reopen their cases, but may ultimately receive legal status.

Do you think that mass use of pardons is ever appropriate? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

@LEO0301 not a soft spot. But i do like giving people who have made a mistake while young a chance for a regular life. Trumped up charges screw that chance up further.

Illegal illegal is illegal. A crime is a crime is a crime. When one does the other, a State pardon or commutation does not remove the federal charges. They both need to go. Far and fast. And never come back.

As for Moonbeam Brown, he needs to be taken down in the Federal Court system. He can NOT overrule or overturn or over legislate on Federal laws. Immigration is ONLY Federal. He should be charged, tried, and convicted of aiding and abetting the trafficking of foreign nationals illegally present.

@ProCop I'll assume you're republican. Why is your argument not for States' rights on this case? Do you only feel like you root for states' rights in moves that you favor?

@hi_lackofsense

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