President Trump slammed California Gov. Jerry Brown after he pardoned ex-convicts who were facing deportation.
“Is this really what the great people of California want?” Trump tweeted early Saturday morning, referring to the Democrat as “Moonbeam,” a nickname bestowed on the governor during his first term in the late 1970s.
Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown pardoned 5 criminal illegal aliens whose crimes include (1) Kidnapping and Robbery (2) Badly beating wife and threatening a crime with intent to terrorize (3) Dealing drugs. Is this really what the great people of California want? @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2018
Trump’s war of words with the California liberal continued as Brown accused the Trump administration earlier this month of “basically going to war” with California over its immigration policy.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 8, 2018
In his third consecutive pardon round, Brown handed down 56 pardons and 14 commutations heading into the Easter weekend, amid a legal battle with the Trump administration over the state’s liberal immigration policies.
Two of the convicted felons who were pardoned, Sokha Chhan and Phann Pheach, were facing deportation to Cambodia, a country and the Khmer Rouge regime they fled four decades ago.
Chhan had served 364 days in jail after being convicted of two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence in 2002. Pheach served six months in jail after he was convicted of possessing drugs and obstructing a police officer in 2005, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Daniel Maher, who was also pardoned, served five years in prison after he was convicted in 1995 of kidnapping, robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Maher faced deportation to China.
Daniel Mena and Francisco Acevedo Alaniz were also pardoned as they faced deportation. In 2003, Mena was convicted of possessing illegal drugs while Alaniz served five months in prison and 13 months probation for a 1997 auto theft conviction.
While the deportation proceedings are not halted due to the pardons, the state convictions which determine federal authorities’ decisions on deportations are eliminated.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched a lawsuit against California after Brown signed sanctuary legislation last year seeking to prevent state cooperation with federal enforcement of immigration laws.
The father of a man killed by an illegal immigrant denounced the governor and the state last year for the sanctuary policies.
“I wish he would get on the bullet train, first stop to hell, and he should get off and stay there,” Don Rosenberg said of Brown. “His concern for criminals, be they legal or not, is outrageous and has cost the lives of many Californians.”
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