Governor Jerry Brown’s pardons marked the third time the Democrat has intervened on behalf of immigrants who were deported or faced deportation over convictions according to the Sacramento Bee. Brown has accused the Trump administration of “basically going to war” with California over immigration policy.
Brown’s pardons don’t automatically stop deportation proceedings, but eliminate the convictions on which authorities based their deportation.
Those pardoned Friday by Brown included Sokha Chhan and Phann Pheach, who face deportation to Cambodia.
Chhan was convicted of two counts of domestic violence in 2002 and served about a year in jail.
Pheach was convicted of possessing drugs and obstructing a police officer in 2005 and served six months in jail.
Also pardoned was Daniel Maher, who served five years in prison stemming from the 1994 armed robbery of a San Jose auto parts store. He was convicted of kidnapping, robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm in the case.
Also pardoned while facing deportation were Daniel Mena and Francisco Acevedo Alaniz. Mena served three years of probation after being convicted of possessing illegal drugs in 2003. Alaniz served five months in prison for a 1997 car theft conviction.