November 15, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO – Today Governor Gavin Newsom granted pardons to four individuals including Saman Pho, a father, union member, and Cambodian American refugee facing deportation for a conviction from over two decades ago. This pardon will allow Saman to reopen his case to prevent his deportation, and marks a step toward healing the wounds left by decades of US policy targeting Cambodian communities, including punitive criminal justice measures in California that disproportionately affect Southeast Asians.
“We applaud Governor Newsom’s intervention to prevent the deportation of a father and valued community member,” said Anoop Prasad, Staff Attorney at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. “ICE continues to raid Cambodian communities and tear California families apart. We urge the Governor to continue using pardons to counter these attacks on our immigrant neighbors and stop these unjust deportations.”
Saman’s pardon application was supported by Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, California State Assemblymember David Chiu, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland City Councilmember Nikki Bas, Alameda Board Supervisor Nate Miley, California State Senator Nancy Skinner, Asian Prisoner Support Committee, Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants, and Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.