Trump takes a swipe at California governor 'Moonbeam' for pardoning 'five criminal illegal aliens' before they face deportation
- Governor Jerry Brown pardoned a total of 54 people before holiday weekend
- Five immigrants who face deportation were pardoned for their crimes
- These crimes include robbery, kidnapping and allegedly beating ones wife
- Trump tweeted against the decision on Saturday and tagged Fox News
- The administration has previously targeted California and its sanctuary laws
Governor Jerry Brown has quarreled with the Trump administration in the past after he signed off on California becoming a sanctuary state in October to counter the increased immigration laws.
Now in Trump's most recent Twitter rampage, he condemns the governor for pardoning five immigrants.
'Governor Jerry 'Moonbeam' Brown pardoned 5 criminal illegal aliens whose crimes include (1) Kidnapping and Robbery (2) Badly beating wife and threatening a crime with intent to terrorize (3) Dealing drugs. Is this really what the great people of California want?' Trump tweeted, tagging Fox News, his go-to network for all news.
Trump attacked California Governor Jerry Brown for pardoning five immigrants before the holiday weekend. Brown pardoned a total of 54 people
Brown (pictured) pardoned these immigrants before the faced the possibility of deportation. But Trump criticized the decision because of their previous crimes including kidnapping, robbery and allegedly beating ones wife
'Moonbeam' was a name given to Brown in the 1970s when he first was running for governor in California.
Chicago columnist Mike Royko gave him the nickname because of the voters he was attracting - young, idealistic and nontraditional people.
Trump targeted 'Moonbeam' Brown because the governor signed off on pardoning five immigrants who faced deportation before the Easter holiday weekend.
These five were among the 54 pardons and 14 commutations that the governor handed out before the weekend.
His office reiterated that the majority of the people were convicted of drug-related or other nonviolent crimes.
In a news release about the pardons on Friday, the governor's office said that 'those granted pardons all completed their sentences years ago and the majority were convicted of drug-related or other non-violent crimes.'
'Pardons are not granted unless they are earned,' the governor's office said.
The Trump administration has previously quarreled with California over the state's sanctuary laws that challenges the federal government's immigration policy
Those pardoned Friday by Brown included Sokha Chhan and Phann Pheach, who face deportation to Cambodia, a country ruled in the 1970s by the genocidal Khmer Rouge. Chhan was convicted of two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence in 2002 and served about a year in jail.
Pheach was convicted of possessing drugs and obstructing a police officer in 2005 and served six months in jail. His wife said he is in federal custody.
Also pardoned was Daniel Maher, who served five years in prison stemming from the 1994 armed robbery of a San Jose auto parts store. He was convicted of kidnapping, robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm in the case.
Maher is facing deportation to China, where he has never lived. Maher is from Macau, which became part of China after his family immigrated to California when he was 3.
Also pardoned while facing deportation were Daniel Mena and Francisco Acevedo Alaniz. Mena served three years of probation after being convicted of possessing illegal drugs in 2003. Alaniz served five months in prison for a 1997 car theft conviction.
This is not the first clash Trump has had with the state.
The Trump administration is suing California, in a lawsuit filed earlier this month, to attempt to block the Golden State's sanctuary laws.
The lawsuit, filed by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, claims that the state created laws that were designed to obstruct and discriminate against the enforcement of the federal immigration laws.
But Brown calls this lawsuit a 'publicity stunt' by the administration as it continues to push Trump's 'America First' agenda.
The governor is a former Jesuit seminarian and traditionally issues pardons close to major Christian holidays. Easter falls on Sunday.
California's longest-serving governor has now issued 1,519 pardons, including 404 during his first two terms as governor from 1975 to 1983.
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