California governor Jerry Brown is up to his leftist ways again. He pardoned people who were set for deportation for committing crimes. It almost seems like he did this just to be a jerk.
FOX News reports:
With immigrant pardons, Gov. Brown butts heads again with White House
Butting heads once again with the White House on immigration, California Gov. Jerry Brown used a Christmas holiday tradition to grant pardons Saturday to two men who were on the verge of being deported for committing crimes while in the U.S.
Brown characterized the pardons as acts of mercy, according to an article on Saturday in the Sacramento Bee.
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 from years ago.
With the pardons, the reason for deportation may be eliminated, lawyer Kevin Lo of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, which represented some of the men in a recent class-action lawsuit, said in the Bee. The pardoned immigrants will still need to ask immigration courts to reopen their cases, he said.
In all, Brown pardoned 132 people for mostly nonviolent and drug-related crimes, and commuted the sentences of 19 others, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Whose side is Jerry Brown on, anyway? He’s making it quite clear, isn’t he?