California Governor Gavin Newsom pardoned three immigrants who faced the risk of deportation on Friday, The Associated Press reported. Each had been charged with crimes 19 years ago. The pardon will assist the three in avoiding deportation to Cambodia or Vietnam. Aside from the three facing deportation, Newsom also pardoned John DiFrenna, who was given probation for, after being charged with drug possession with intent to sell in 1990. DiFrenna received a certificate of rehabilitation in 1990 from a Superior Court of California in 2018, according to The Sacramento Bee. Deportation efforts against Southeast Asian immigrants have increased under President Donald Trump. According to The Sacramento Bee, ICE reported 110 people deported to Cambodia in 2018, a significant jump from 29 people in 2017. Saman Pho faced risk of being deported to Cambodia, after being convicted of attempted murder 25 years ago. After serving 12 years in prison, Pho was detained by ICE briefly. A recent rally and petition drive focusing on Pho began after he was detained by immigration agents in October. Since his sentence, Pho has undergone an apprenticeship program. He has worked many jobs and has a wife, who is a U.S. citizen, and two children. Pho’s… Read full this story
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