In a move that is guaranteed to escalate the tensions developing between the Trump administration and the Democrat-controlled California political leadership, Gov. Jerry Brown announced this weekend that he was issuing a pardon to two illegal immigrants who were next in line to be deported back to their home countries. Brown, who made no effort to hide the fact that he was pardoning the immigrants as much for the political statement that it made as for the “acts of mercy” they symbolized, has been one of the country’s biggest pro-illegal immigration politicians, making him a constant thorn in Trump’s side.
From the Sacramento Bee:
The Democratic governor moved as federal officials in recent months have detained and deported immigrants with felony convictions that resulted in the loss of their legal residency status, including many with nonviolent offenses that occurred years ago.
With the pardons, the reason for applicants’ deportations may be eliminated, said attorney Kevin Lo of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, which represented some of the men in a recent class-action lawsuit.
The pardoned immigrants will still need to ask immigration courts to reopen their cases, he said.
The two men were not convicted of serious crimes – one was busted for “felony joyriding” and the other for a weapons charge in 1995 – but they were nonetheless set to be deported back to Cambodia on Monday. Now that Brown has issued the pardons, those deportations may not take place.
Which, don’t get us wrong – that’s fine. It literally doesn’t matter. What’s important here is not that these two specific men get pardoned or deported or shot off to the moon in a NASA rocket. What’s important is that state leaders like Brown see it in their voters best interests to oppose federal immigration law at every possible opportunity and in every possible way. And they’re willing to use pardons, new laws, litigation, and sanctuary policies to do so.
But to what end? Who benefits, other than people who are not supposed to be in this country in the first place? Who are these voters who are demanding that Democrats put everything on the line to protect illegal immigrants? We don’t get it, we won’t ever get it, and we actually refuse to believe there IS any such demand. This is a donor-driven issue, and the money is coming from Chamber of Commerce affiliated businesses who are making too much moolah off the backs of illegal immigrants to survive a serious crackdown.
Well. It’s getting ridiculous and it’s getting dangerous. 2018 needs to be the year Trump fully makes good on his lofty immigration promises, and Republicans in Congress need to be right by his side. This has gone on long enough.