CA Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Applauds Governor’s Pardons

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

For Immediate Release:

Sacramento – Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Chair of the California Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus, applauds Governor Brown’s leadership in pardoning deserving Southeast Asian Americans.

“As families come together for the holiday season, we have another reason to be thankful. Governor Brown has helped prevent the separation of families by pardoning deserving Southeast Asian Americans Truong (Jay) Quang Ly, Hai Trong Nguyen and Tung Thanh Nguyen who face being deported to countries they fled as refugees.

“Many Southeast Asian Americans are survivors of the Vietnam War and the Khmer Rouge Genocide. They were part of the largest refugee resettlement in our country’s history and were placed in poverty-ridden neighborhoods with significant crime rates. Some of these refugees were infants and children when they arrived throughout the 1980s and made mistakes in their youth resulting in prison sentences for their transgressions. Today, they have fulfilled their sentences and are now working to make positive contributions to their communities.

“The API Legislative Caucus was proud to stand with families and advocates to urge the Governor to review  these pardon applications. We thank the Governor for his acts of compassion that will help keep families together. We know there are more pardon requests from those facing deportation and we hope the Governor continues to assess the merits of each application."

The California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus represents and advocates for the interests of the diverse API communities throughout California. It seeks to increase Asian Pacific Islander participation and representation in all levels of government.

Website of the California API Legislative Caucus: http://apicaucus.legislature.ca.gov

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