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    CA Gov. Jerry Brown pardons immigrants slated for deportation due to criminal convictions

    CA Gov. Jerry Brown pardons immigrants slated for deportation due to criminal convictions

    As California’s War on Trump continues into 2018, Los Angeles is denied $3 million in funding by the DOJ.

    File this story under “Elections Have Consequences.”

    California Governor Jerry Brown Brown used a Christmas holiday tradition and granted pardons to two immigrants who were on the verge of being deported for committing crimes while in this country.

    Brown, pairing his state’s combative approach to federal immigration authorities with his belief in the power of redemption, characterized the pardons as acts of mercy.

    The Democratic governor moved as federal officials in recent months have detained and deported immigrants with felony convictions that resulted in the loss of their legal residency status, including many with nonviolent offenses that occurred years ago.

    With the pardons, the reason for applicants’ deportations may be eliminated, said attorney Kevin Lo of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, which represented some of the men in a recent class-action lawsuit.

    The news reports indicate the acts were in response to President Donald Trump’s focus on stemming illegal immigration.

    The pardons of Rottanak Kong of Davis and Mony Neth of Modesto could be seen as another poke at the Trump administration’s hard-line policies on immigration.

    Both men came to the United States as children when their families fled the Khmer Rouge government that killed millions of its own people. They were recently detained as part of a federal immigration roundup, although a California-based federal judge has temporarily halted the deportation of hundreds of Cambodian refugees.

    Kong was sentenced to a year in Stanislaus County jail in 2003 for joyriding. He served seven months. Neth was convicted in 1995, also in Stanislaus County, on weapons and receiving stolen property charges. He also served his sentence.

    Brown’s pardons said both men had become law-abiding citizens and paid their debts to society.

    In news that seems related, the Department of Justice cut funding to one of California’s most prominent “sanctuary cities“.

    This year, L.A. officials applied for more than $3 million in federal funding to help bring the same program to Harvard Park, a South L.A. neighborhood scarred by violence.

    The request was denied.

    The U.S. Department of Justice hasn’t offered the LAPD an explanation of why the department didn’t receive any of the $98 million in grants recently awarded to scores of law enforcement agencies across the nation. A spokesman for the federal agency declined to comment when asked by The Times last week.

    But after the Trump administration’s repeated threats to withhold federal money from cities that don’t cooperate with its immigration crackdown, some LAPD officials said they believe the move was retaliatory — and a troubling sign of what could come.

    …In announcing the grant awards last month, the Justice Department noted that 80% of the agencies that received funds earned extra points “based on their certifications of willingness to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.”

    L.A. did not sign that certification, LAPD officials said.

    It appears of if California’s War on Trump will continue through 2018. I am a little surprised that after seeing Trump’s presidential style in the past year that the LA officials did not anticipate the consequences.

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    Brown and Cuomo are playing with matches. And the cover of the book of matches says “Willie Horton.”


     
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    heyjoojoo | December 29, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Jerry is behaving very much like the supposed tyrant he despises in the whitehouse. He and California are revolting against anything and everything that the Trump administration accomplishes with its agenda and legislation. I imagine that CA will continue to do this sabotaging all of its Californian constituents. Sad. My state sucks so bad.

    I understand felony convictions for weapons and robbery but felony joyriding? At any rate Cambodia today is not the Cambodia of yesterday. Goodbye illegals.


       
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      Observer in reply to kjon. | December 30, 2017 at 7:44 am

      “Felony joyriding” was likely the result of a plea deal. The original charge was probably grand theft auto.


       
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      Mac45 in reply to kjon. | December 30, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Felony joyriding is one of the more ridiculous statutes in the People’s Republic of Kalifornia. It is intended to protect people who steal the property of others but say that they intend to give it back. And, unless the thief actually returns the vehicle, how does one know that he intended to return it? Usually, if the person returns the purloined vehicle, within a couple of hours, the owner declines to prosecute and the case is never charged, or dropped.

      Under the system of jurisprudence practiced in most states, one can present mitigating circumstances to mount a defense against a charge, In the case of someone who takes a vehicle to take someone to the hospital or to escape a deadly assailant, such exigent circumstances usually result in charges not being filed or, if filed, dropped, if the person taking the vehicle makes a good faith effort to return it.


         
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        Milhouse in reply to Mac45. | December 30, 2017 at 10:40 pm

        Felony joyriding is one of the more ridiculous statutes in the People’s Republic of Kalifornia.

        No, it’s in pretty much every state and every common-law country.

        It is intended to protect people who steal the property of others but say that they intend to give it back.

        On the contrary, it’s intended to get those people, and protect their victims.

        And, unless the thief actually returns the vehicle, how does one know that he intended to return it?

        It’s not his job to prove he intended to return it, it’s the state’s job to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he didn’t, and how can it do that? Hence without a specific law against “borrowing” a car without permission, it’s impossible to convict joyriders. Which is why every state & country has made such a law.

    No offense intended Milhouse but that’s funny. You are talking about the duty of the State…

    The governor just used his executive powers to poke Trump in the eye.

    They weren’t pardoned because they were found to be innocent, or because their senentences were too harsh, or because the Governor thought they had served their time.

    They were pardoned to sidestep Federal immigration policy.

    Rule of law my ass.


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