Family members, advocates and supporters gathered Friday at the state Capitol in Sacramento to urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop the deportation of Cambodian refugees with criminal convictions living in California.
The coalition delivered a petition with 40,000 signatures to the governor’s office, asking for Newsom to pardon Saman Pho, who is being held by federal authorities, and to grant parole to Tith Ton in an effort to prevent him from being transferred to immigration officials.
“Pardons are a recognition that people are capable of redemption and change,” said Pho’s attorney with the Asian Law Caucus, Anoop Prasad. “People are more than just the worst thing they’ve done, or a single moment of a mistake they made as a teenager.”