Gov. Jerry Brown pardons five “nonviolent” illegal aliens facing deportation

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According to Brown’s office: Kidnapping, robbery, using a firearm, inflicting corporal injury, intent to terrorize and obstructing a police officer are now classified as “nonviolent crimes.”

That’s California for you…

From Sacramento Bee: Amid a brewing legal battle with the Trump administration over California’s liberal immigration policies, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday granted pre-Easter pardons to five immigrants illegal aliens facing possible deportation.

They were among 56 pardons and 14 commutations that the Democratic governor handed down ahead of the Sunday holiday. The majority were convicted of drug-related or other nonviolent crimes, according to Brown’s office.

Executive clemency is particularly significant for immigrants, since they can be deported for old convictions, even if they have legal resident status. By forgiving their criminal records, Brown eliminates the grounds on which they could be targeted for removal from the country.

“These are individuals who have turned their lives around and deserve a second chance,” said UCLA School of Law Professor Ingrid Eagly, who represents two of the immigrants pardoned Friday. She added that the stakes are higher since the election of President Donald Trump, who has emphasized stricter immigration enforcement.

“Under the current administration, there’s much more of a focus on deportation. More individuals are being picked up and placed into deportation proceedings,” Early said. “There’s also less discretion being exercised by immigration agents on the ground and by immigration prosecutors.”

The pardoned immigrants are:

  • Sokha Chhan, who is in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement pending deportation to Cambodia. He came to the United States at the age of 13 to escape the Khmer Rouge regime and has lived here for 35 years. Chhan was sentenced in 2002 for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant and threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize, both misdemeanors; he served three years probation and 364 days in jail. In his clemency application, one his five children, whom Chhan raised as a single father, wrote that he had shown her “what it meant to be a loving and independent individual.”
  • Daniel Maher, who has publicly advocated for immigrants with a criminal record to have an opportunity for redemption. Maher moved to California from Macau legally when he was 3 years old, according to KQED, but he never applied for citizenship and he lost his green card when he was sentenced in 1995 for kidnapping, robbery and using a firearm (as a prohibited possessor). He served five years in prison, before being released early for good behavior, and three years on parole. Maher now oversees the curbside recycling program in Berkeley and has been recognized by the city for training at-risk youth for green jobs. He was detained, but not deported, by ICE in 2015.
  • Phann Pheach, who was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and came to the United States at the age of 1, according to a GoFundMe account set up by his wife. Pheach was convicted in 2005 for possession of a controlled substance for sale and obstructing a police officer; he served six months in prison and 13 months on parole. Pheach has been detained by ICE and is facing deportation proceedings to Cambodia, “a place he never once knew,” his wife wrote on the fundraising page for his legal defense. “He is the glue that holds his family together,” she added. “I am crumbling apart without my husband, who I have been with for over 10 years.”
  • Francisco Acevedo Alaniz, who was convicted for vehicle theft in 1997 and served five months in prison and 13 months probation. In his clemency application, he reported being active in his church and volunteering with a youth sports program.
  • Sergio Mena, who was sentenced in 2003 for possession of a controlled substance for sale and served three years probation.

Immigration has been at the center of a political showdown between California and the Trump administration. Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed suit against California for three new laws passed last year to protect immigrants living in California illegally.

Brown slammed Sessions for “initiating a reign of terror” against immigrants illegal aliens in California and accused the federal government of “basically going to war” against the state. Days later, Trump visited California for the first time as president and dismissed the state as “totally out of control.”

During the past year, as federal immigration authorities have escalated their enforcement efforts, Brown has regularly included immigrants in his annual Easter and Christmas acts of clemency.

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19 responses to “Gov. Jerry Brown pardons five “nonviolent” illegal aliens facing deportation

  1. California’s attorney general is threatening to arrest Orange County officials because the county has declared they will defy the sanctuary policy. California is rapidly spiraling downward, and will not end well. I’m hearing from more and more Californians that they are looking to move out of the state.

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    • Yes, I’ve been following this. Trump needs to intervene directly here. They need to sort this out pronto. He should direct Sessions (or better, his replacement) to send the Federal Marshals in to immediately arrest Moonbeam and his crew and any other fellow travelers.

      They need to be “butt-stroked” a few times. If you removed the Communists and deported the illegals, California might have a chance to regain some dignity.

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  2. For the life of me I am stunned no one has gone in and jerked Brown off his pedestal. Why the people are tolerating the demise of their state where they have put their savings into their homes is beyond sane comprehension.
    A few weeks back, Tucker Carlson said the Exodus is so huge that a Uhaul truck cost ten times the amount to take one out of the state than when bringing one in. They are hard to find and the wait period is long.
    I have no idea where Brown comes up with the decision making or what is or isn’t a dangerous crime. We can only hope that one day they all end up on his front porch.

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    • Please tell me Glenn just what you would have us do in CA that we have not already tried??

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      • I have not heard of one march into the capital to hold Brown accountable. I used to live in Ca. And this is not the same state. Everyone seems willing to sit back and see if someone else does anything. They are looking for a leader.
        I would sit on the capital,and let Brown know there will be changes or he will be dragged out.
        Stand up and push back. Stop voting people that want to destroy your state into office. Block the roads from the influx of illegals. Those in Temecula did it a few years back and won.
        Now you are sitting back and making no demands to stop the huge group working it’s way North, instead I read where Ca. Is preparing to accept them. WTH, do something.
        Demand honest elections and voter ID. You are sitting back and letting it happen. If there is any dissension it is pretty quiet.

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        • Terry W Rollins

          Aparently you do not remember Birkley. The same thing would happen with any march in CA. I attended the MAGA march in Huntington Beach whwew the antifa protestor showed up with weapons and attacked the marchers. You may also try to REMEMBER the TRUMP rally is Costa Mesa where thousands of protestor showed up and caused total havic. But unlike you I will not let them drive me from my home state of 70 years. But I will stand against anyone who tries to take away any of the freedoms onlined in the BILL of RIGHTS. I say come and take they at you own risk.

          Thank you very much…..

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  3. The feds need to show up and arrest brown. He’s a traitor to the country and should be tried on charges of treason.

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  4. Donald J. Trump
    ‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump
    Mar 31

    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?

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  5. I think for every illegal pardoned, a politician should take his place.

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  6. And yet, when President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio in Arizona, the Democrats lost their ever-loving minds! They even tried to find a way to undo the pardon.

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    • Maryaha, I just can’t imagine how far stupidity can go, what is it that people don’t understand that THESE PEOPLE ARE ILLEGALS, regardless if they are nonviolent, they have to go back and apply for entry. Moonbeam Brown thinks he can do as he says he can instead of going by what the law requires to be done, I never thought much of him, now less than before

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  7. In ten years Crazyfornia will be Venezuelafornia. Lets make sure the cancer is isolated and walled off from the sane people.

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    • I also like the analogy with arboriculture, similar to yours about cancer, where pathogens attacking trees are compartmentalized—provided the tree recognizes them. For example, Brown is misidentified as a liberal do-gooder, uncontained, whereas the real Brown, joining forces with the (Gramscian) Democratic Socialists of America, petitioned Obama to award an Alinsky trained far left radical named Fred Ross Sr the Medal of Freedom. Brown’s early kosher handler was a similar, Cloward-Piven style traitor named Marshall Ganz, and now Brown proudly announces his most important advisor is his ‘wife’. He and his wife probably model their marriage and plans for California on Cheddi and Janet Jagan, whose Alinsky style governance turned little Guyana into maybe the most repressive hellhole on the planet.

      These easy to find and seemingly weird connections just touch the surface, and you’d think the FBI would be investigating Brown for his unAmerican activities whose implementation would lead to the overthrow of our government. Instead this bad actor with bad intentions almost beat Clinton in the primaries back in the 90s and might have become President, turning all of America into a Satanic, Marxist hell on earth lorded over by Gnostic monsters like himself.

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  8. If one is a Christian, one believes in change, in forgiveness, in repentance, in redemption. Maybe these people changed their lives around, I don’t know. But if they are illegals, that makes them law breakers, regardless, and that is reason for arrest and deportation, is it not?
    Now, as far as Brown is concerned, well, there is probably a good reason in his case why his name is “Brown” – it’s the color of shit and all he does pretty much stinks, so, makes sense.

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  9. Khmer Rouge?
    Aren’t they our trading partners? We send them financial aid and they traffic us teenage girls for horny Hollywood.

    Brown, Cuomo, Bush
    Great names in leadership
    Swamps everywhere


  10. I’m not at all certain that Moonbeam has the authority to pardon federal crimes. I’ve already stated my two cents on declaring itself immune from federal law. They should have arrested them by now.

    They must either be rejected from the Union or order must be restored. If they need to send federal troops to do it that is what they are for. They should remove any and all officials that have cooperated with this. It is just another form of coup.

    They should be charged and tried.

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  11. More proof that the Demoncrats are pro-criminal!

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  12. So, wait a minute. Does this suddenly mean state’s rights trump (no pun intended) the feds? Since when? I thought honest Abe fixed all that.

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