Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus Applauds Governor Brown’s Decision to Grant 36 Pardons and 31 Commutations

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August 17, 2018

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus Applauds Governor Brown’s Decision to Grant 36 Pardons and 31 Commutations

Calls for Passage of AB 2845 to Build on Legacy

Sacramento, CA – Today, Governor Jerry Brown granted pardons to 36 individuals, a number of whom currently face the threat of deportation as a result of their state criminal convictions. With a gubernatorial pardon, these valued community members can now reopen their cases in immigration court to stop deportations to foreign countries some of them have never set foot in.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus) releases the following statement:

“We applaud Governor Brown’s decision to pardon 36 formerly incarcerated people and 31 currently incarcerated people. Governor Brown’s actions recognize the values of redemption and rehabilitation. Pardons are essential to realizing a vision of restorative justice. Pardons and commutations also are narrow paths to redress some of the harm California’s prison system, which is one of the largest in the world, has had on tearing apart families and communities.

Among those pardoned is Vanna In, a Cambodian pastor from Fresno and a close community partner of Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, who was sentenced to life in prison for a gang-related murder committed as a teenager. Since his release on parole, Pastor In has spent years working with Hope Now for Youth, a Fresno non-profit dedicated to assisting at-risk gang youth find gainful employment. During his time with Hope Now for Youth, Pastor In has used his experience and platform to help 150 youth leave gangs, with a remarkably low 8% recidivism rate. Thousands of Southeast Asian refugees like Pastor In live under constant threat of deportation because of past state criminal convictions. As the Trump administration has been unleashing waves of raids on these refugee communities, pardons offer one of the only remedies to stop their deportations.

Pastor Vanna In

 

We urge Governor Brown to build on his legacy of granting the most pardons and commutations of any California Governor in recent history by passing AB 2845, a necessary reform to California’s antiquated and opaque pardon and commutation process. Under current practice, petitioners who apply for pardons and commutations have no way of knowing if their request was received, reviewed, or if/when a decision will be made. AB 2845 addresses these deficiencies and several others, creating more opportunities for community members like Pastor In to remove barriers to reintegration and marking another important step in the process of reforming our punitive and inhumane criminal justice system.”

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus was founded in 1972 as the nation’s first legal and civil rights Asian American organization. Recognizing that social, economic, political, and racial inequalities continue to exist in the United States, we are committed to the pursuit of equality and justice for all sectors of our society, with a special focus directed towards addressing the needs of low-income, immigrant, and underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

ALERT: ICE is planning raids on the Cambodian community in the next few weeks. If you are Cambodian, have a deportation order, and were asked to check-in with ICE soon, contact 415-952-0413 to speak to a lawyer.

For resources and information regarding legal services, visit SEAraids.org
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ALERT: ICE is planning raids on the Cambodian community in the next few weeks. If you are Cambodian, have a deportation order, and were asked to check-in with ICE soon, contact 415-952-0413 to speak to a lawyer.

For resources and information regarding legal services, visit SEAraids.org

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My understanding is the US plans to deport 200 cambodians per year until everybody with an order of removal is deported. I don't mean to cause fear but I strongly encourage anybody with a removal order to fight their cases now because once you are detained it becomes much more difficult to have access to attorneys and other resources. I fear this cycle will continue over the next few years.

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None of us are free unless all of us are free from fear! This is unacceptable!

12 hours ago   ·  9
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I am an immigration attorney and I was at immigration court today. I represented four individuals, all from Vietnam, all legal permanent residents with old crimes and recent entries to the U.S. I echo the suggestions above. If you have a removal/deportation order, if you have a history of crimes, if you plan on traveling outside of the U.S., speak with an immigration attorney.

5 hours ago   ·  1
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Started with Mexicans, Muslims, now Cambodians... who is next?

11 hours ago   ·  3

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Immigration lawyer ain’t going to do anything but take your money

8 hours ago   ·  2
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I love you all, my Southeast Asian brothers and sisters! You’re not alone in this fight!!

6 hours ago   ·  1
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Again come on! This is no way to live😠

12 hours ago   ·  1
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Thavanh Vongkeo

10 hours ago
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Lean Pil share with your philly friends

9 hours ago
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David Seng

10 hours ago
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What about Stockton???? My brother in law check in march!!!! What should he do???

9 hours ago

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Devon Lernsdale

6 hours ago

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This is crazy... the group just left and they starting again already😡

11 hours ago
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Do we have information on Massachusetts?

11 hours ago

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Pechta Sok

9 hours ago
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Molly Mall

4 hours ago
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The Cambodian and Viet communities are again targeted by US militarism-police abuse: from being attacked and displaced in the war in Indochina to becoming refugees to living in US ghetto-conditions to jail now to deportation. This is generational torture by imperialism. Like the Central American exodus the US exports war and guns, imports labor via refugees, over polices them and deports people, and so the cycle continues. I am so sad and sick. I take actions at rallies and make donations to express my rage and solidarity but where do I put the sadness.

10 hours ago   ·  7

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Don’t Check it,go somewhere n live off the land, if your gon get deported anyway

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