One of the biggest supporters of illegal aliens in the U.S., California Gov. Jerry Brown granted pardons Saturday to two men who were about to be deported for committing crimes while in the U.S. Brown characterized the pardons as acts of mercy.
The progressive governor took action knowing that the Trump administration has empowered immigration officials to detain and deport immigrants with felony convictions that resulted in the loss of their legal residency status.
With the pardons, the reason for deportation may be eliminated but the criminal immigrants will still need to ask immigration courts to reopen their cases.
In all, Brown pardoned 132 people for mostly nonviolent and drug-related crimes, and commuted the sentences of 19 others.
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