California Governor Pardons Convicted Criminals To Help Them Avoid Deportation

California Governor Gavin Newsom pardoned three immigrants Friday in an effort to thwart their deportations.

Sacramento, CA – California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Friday that he had pardoned three immigrants in an effort to keep them from being deported.

Newsom’s office said that the three men being pardoned all “made bad decisions” but had served their time and transformed their lives, the Associated Press reported.

The move was just the latest in a string of actions by California’s governor designed specifically to challenge President Donald Trump’s administration’s crackdown on immigrants who commit crimes in the United States.

All three men who were pardoned currently live in Los Angeles County, according to the Associated Press.

Arnou Aghamalian, 42, was convicted of helping his cousin set on fire a car belonging to a nightclub manager with whom he had been arguing.

The car was unoccupied when they set it on fire and nobody was injured.

Since getting out of prison, Aghamalian has married and the couple recently had twins, the Associated Press reported.

He entered the United States legally with his family as a refugee from Iran with when he was 15.

The second man pardoned, 41-year-old Thear Sam, was convicted of robbery after he stole a man’s backpack and wallet when he was 18 year old, the Associated Press reported.

Sam was arrested and convicted again after he gave a man who had stolen a car a ride, led police on a high speed chase, and then fled on foot.

He entered the United States lawfully with his parents at the age of four when the family was escaping the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, according to the Associated Press.

Sam has worked more than 17 years for the same aviation company and his wife and daughter are U.S. citizens.

Victor Ayala was convicted of felony robbery in 2001 after he assaulted a security guard who caught him shoplifting at an electronics store, the Associated Press reported.

Ayala also had four prior misdemeanor convictions for theft and a hit-and-run crash where nobody was injured.

He was two years old when his parents brought him to the United States legally from El Salvador and he runs a carpet cleaning business, according to the Associated Press.

A pardon doesn’t guarantee that somebody won’t be deported because a pardon doesn’t actually erase the conviction, and that is what deportation orders are based on.

“A pardon may remove counterproductive barriers to employment and public service, restore civic rights and responsibilities, and prevent unjust collateral consequences of conviction, such as deportation and permanent family separation. A pardon does not expunge or erase a conviction,” Newsom’s office said in a press release.

Newsom also commuted the life sentences of two men who will now be able to go before the parole board and seek release, the KCRA reported.

Esdvin Flores, 44, held a gun on a robbery victim while his partner tore off her jewelry.

Flores has served 20 years of his life sentence and the governor’s office said he has been working with and mentoring at-risk youth, KCRA reported

The second commutation was 35-year-old Jensen Ramos, who has served 17 years of his life sentence for shooting at a vehicle after a fight at a party.

No one was injured in the incident, according to KCRA.

Ramos has become a lead trainer in the Paws for Life rescue dog training program in prison.

The program claims to have had the most commutations of life sentences of any rehabilitation program in the state, KCRA reported.

Newsom faced harsh criticism for this latest round of efforts to thwart President Trump’s plans but he wasn’t daunted.

“The Governor regards clemency as an important part of the criminal justice system that can incentivize accountability and rehabilitation, increase public safety by removing counterproductive barriers to successful reentry, and correct unjust results in the legal system,” the press release from his office said.

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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

What is really concerning is that this guy is likely to run for president in five or nine years.

walkintall
walkintall

Oh, it's just 1) An Iranian arsonist, 2) A Cambodian for robbery, and 3) An El Salvadorian for assault and robbery. At least they're all (currently) in El Lay.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

If we would just build the wall east of Kalifornistan, Oregon and Washington...then they could do whatever they want.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

It’s got to be a slap in the face of the troopers who have to protect this tool.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I don't agree with keeping them in the country, that's for sure, but I agree the sentences were too harsh. I base this on real life events I am familiar with. My ex-wife's son's father (who she dated before we were married) was upset with a guy, because he was hitting on her. So he went to the guy's house. Knocked on the door. When the guy answered he blew his head off with a shotgun. He was released in 7 years. I know two other guys who murdered people and were released by the time they were in their 30s. Hard to fathom how the justice system could vary so greatly, especially since California is the most liberal State in the nation.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

this all makes sense, seeing as though the ex-cons have been nothing but straight-up since they got out. Especially seeing as they have been here pretty much their whole lives, they have no connection to their former countries.

DRTice
DRTice

He needs to go to jail for aiding a criminal

Grampsdeal
Grampsdeal

This man is a disgrace, along with moonbeam before him. I, seriously feel sorry, for the CHP Officers assigned to his protection detail. He is a disgrace to California and to the United States of America. I would advise @chp to not support this piece of filth, who is not supporting the laws of California and is acting like a DICKtator...

Sailor
Sailor

Newsom's narcissistic rage....

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

It seems that half the people living in California want out. "Progressives" are quasi-academics - in their own minds - that have a lot of theoretical ideas and no idea how to make them work without destroying everything they touch. No meaningful idea how to pay for it. Locusts that consume the good in every community and then they migrate to destroy another city or state. Bankrupt California is just an ideal example. What are the Progressives going to do with the top 2, 3, 4 or 5% of the financially wealthy renounce their citizenship and leave the Country - with their wealth? FACT - It is already happening - and wealthy Democrats are at the front of the line. Wake up America or the likes of California's idiot governor will be destroying your life.

Turk182
Turk182

The three were a stint by his office. There's no guarantee that they were even on the radar of ICE. I don't believe we got the whole story on the other two. Life sentence for accomplice to robbery and discharge of a weapon!!?? There's more to it. Either way nuisance has a superiority complex and he is well on his way to destroying the state with the blessings of the socialist voters.

Gramercy
Gramercy

May the USA now feel free to DEPORT all the criminals that have been released!!!! Get them OUT OF OUR COUNTRY! Let another country fend with them and for them! I am tired of being the cesspool of criminals gone free!

gfc1963
gfc1963

And people voted this idiot in??

Bailey17
Bailey17

Hhhhmmmm🤔 🤦🏼‍♀️🤷‍♀️ the great people of California really need to rethink about voting on the next election.....there’s no telling what this “Governor” may do next! Yes, everyone deserves a second chance but what’s next?

Dezertgem
Dezertgem

They have totally ruined this state! I cannot wait to move out of California!!!

Musicray
Musicray

Newsom is such an A hole! Can’t believe what he’s getting away with... Los Angeles and San Francisco voted this guy in...

Red Tornado
Red Tornado

Wait..... The crack down on deportation is for illegal immigrants. This article says they all entered legally! Propaganda much Gov?

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

That Governor is a traitor to our country.

Woobie46
Woobie46

recallgavinnow.com...this is where you can get a petition for the recall which is underway and going great guns

Marine.001
Marine.001

This moron is gonna be recalled. I’ve seen lines at libraries, stores and other places where people have been waiting to sign the recall petitions. We have had some horrible gov’s but this retard takes the cake. Highest gas prices in country and his new “gas tax” to help build roads (most the liberals and all the idiots who didn’t know to vote yes, no no for the bill cuz it confused those morons how it read) is now being used for his personal projects instead of going to fix the roads....I think he need the money for his hair products. If I didn’t have my whole family here...I’d be out!

Marine.001
Marine.001

We also have lost around 10 huge companies becuz of the taxes. keep the wall down between CA and Mex...give the illegals what they want, entrance to USA West and then keep building a wall around WAsh, CA, Oregon.... f it

Leeperez
Leeperez

It's all about rehabilitation. They did the crime than the time they changed their life and are model citizens. Now let's talk about the judge who let the convicted white boy form the college go and expunged his case because he was afraid it was going to affect his future 😡😡. Now you should be raving about shit like that. Not the people who changed their lives

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

All of you in California need to have a recall election as quickly as possible. This guy is a moron, even more than Brown was! You best get rid of him before he completely annihilates California!!!!

fakenews777
fakenews777

Governor Nuisance is a pussy who hates America.

Betinzewoo
Betinzewoo

Once again all about the bad guy. Screw the victim again. California is a hot mess in so many ways. Backasswards!