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Gov. Jerry Brown Under Fire For Pardoning Undocumented Immigrants

A grieving father whose son was murdered by an undocumented immigrant is furious that California’s governor pardoned a pair of foreigners who were about to be deported.

Gov. Jerry Brown allowed the two Cambodians to remain in the United States even though they had committed crimes, according to Fox News. Immigration officials in the Trump administration were in the process of sending the men back to their homeland.

In 2003, a northern California jury found one of the Cambodians guilty of “felony joyriding.” He received a one-year jail term. The other man was convicted on weapons and gang charges in 1995.

Don Rosenberg, whose son died in 2010 when an undocumented immigrant struck him with a car, declared on “Fox & Friends” that Brown’s views about foreigners living illegally in the United States are “terrible.” The father alleged that the governor’s “concern for criminals, be they legal or not, is outrageous and has cost the lives of many Californians.”

Rosenberg cited the “sanctuary state” initiative that Brown signed two months ago. Under the program, state law-enforcement officials are not expected to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Trump has threatened to cut off funding to states and communities that enact such policies.

During last year’s presidential campaign, Trump promised to “end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths.” The pledge was part of the candidate’s controversial anti-immigrant agenda, which included banning Muslims from entering the country.

Roberto Galo, the Honduran who killed Rosenberg’s son by running over him several times, was found guilty of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. However, the man was not deported immediately. “About eight months (later), along with fighting a lot of hell, we finally got him deported,” the father recalled.

“But he managed to stay in the country for another two years; spent all of 43 days in jail for killing somebody.” The Mercury News reported that Galo came to the United States illegally in 1999, when authorities granted him temporary protective status.

Fact-checkers have refuted claims that undocumented immigrants commit more crimes than native-born Americans. According to NBC News, a number of studies have found that the allegation is not true.

An analysis in the Criminology publication stated that “violent crime rates tended to decrease as metropolitan areas experienced gains in their concentration of immigrants.”

In 2007, the pro-migrant American Immigration Council wrote that “for every ethnic group, without exception, incarceration rates among young men are lowest for immigrants, even those who are the least educated.” Regarding the supposed threat posed by sanctuary cities, other studies have indicated that such communities do not experience increased crime rates.

The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan, recently defended the administration’s deportation policies. “Did I say aliens commit more crimes than U.S. citizens?” he asked reporters.

“I didn’t say that. The purpose is to dispel the notion that if you enter illegally, you should be comfortable.”

The White House claimed that ICE removed 2,798 “criminal gang members” during the 2017 fiscal year. The period included the final four months of President Obama’s second term in office.

Source: Fox News Insider
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