California governor pardons 3 convicted immigrants to help block deportations

California governor pardons 3 convicted immigrants to help block deportations
Gavin Newsom (Image: ABC 7 LA video)

[Ed. – Be afraid. Be very afraid.]

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday he’s pardoning three immigrants who’ve been convicted of crimes as part of an effort to protect them from deportation to their home countries.

The three men — originally from El Salvador, Iran and Cambodia — broke the law as teens or young adults, served their sentences and have taken steps to rehabilitate themselves, the governor’s office said.

But Newsom’s pardons do not completely shield the men from deportation. The move instead erases the mens’ criminal records to prevent past offenses from being considered in their deportation cases. All three men live in Los Angeles County and were brought to the U.S. legally as children, the governor’s office said.

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“The Governor regards clemency as an important part of the criminal justice system that can incentivize accountability and rehabilitation.”…

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