California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct .18, pardoned three immigrant felons in an effort to protect them from being deported from the United States.
Newsom announced the pardons of three immigrants—Arnou Aghamalian from Iran, Thear Seam from Cambodia, and Victor Ayala from El Salvador—in order to erase their criminal records and help them avoid deportation back to their native countries.
Breitbart listed three immigrant felons:
Aghamalian, a 42-year-old refugee from Iran, was pardoned by Newsom after being convicted in December 1999 for aiding in setting fire to a nightclub owner’s car. Aghamalian first entered the U.S. as a refugee when he was 15 years old.
Seam, a 41-year-old refugee from Cambodia was pardoned following his August 1996 conviction where a jury found him guilty of robbery, as well as an accessory to a high-speed chase where he was helping a wanted fugitive evade arrest by police. Seam first entered the United States as a refugee when he was 4 years old.
Also pardoned by Newsom is 38-year-old Victor Ayala, a legal immigrant from El Salvador, who was convicted in 1999, 2000, and 2001 for misdemeanor theft, hit-and-run, and felony theft. Ayala first entered the United States when he was 2 years old.
Newsom’s office said the three facing deportation “made bad decisions” while breaking the law as teenagers or young adults, but they served their sentences and transformed their lives. Deporting them now would be “an unjust collateral consequence” harming their families and communities.
But Newsom’s pardons do not completely shield the men from deportation. The move instead eliminates the criminal conviction judges often base their decisions on, according to the governor’s office.
In May, Newsom also pardoned two former Cambodian refugees facing deportation for crimes committed as young adults.
The pardons are a rebuke to President Donald Trump’s administration, which has cracked down on immigrants who committed crimes.
A report by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) in 2018 found that the sanctuary state policy of California—which protects criminal illegal aliens from deportation—is likely responsible for at least 5,000 crimes committed by criminal illegal aliens previously freed into the general public by the state.
Besides, since July, California has become the first state to offer taxpayer-funded health benefits to young adults living in the country illegally.
Newsom signed a bill into law that makes low-income adults age 25 and younger eligible for the state’s Medicaid program regardless of their immigration status.