A Cambodian-American man was paroled from a California prison Monday. However, his freedom was short-lived.
Upon leaving San Quentin State Prison this morning after serving a 22-year sentence, Tith Ton was immediately detained by a private security firm contracted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He was taken to the ICE office in San Francisco and will be headed to the Yuba County Jail, said Anoop Prasad, an attorney with the Asian Law Caucus.
Ton, 40, is one of the 11,000 Californians serving time in state prison who could face deportation upon being released. He was granted parole July 19, and the 150-day period for Gov. Gavin Newsom to reverse the decision passed without action, meaning he would leave prison.