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San Quentin parolee at risk of deportation seeks Newsom’s pardon

It should be a joyful day in Phoeun You’s life.

On January 5, 2022, after serving 25 years behind bars for a murder when he was 20, the Cambodian, now 47, was released on parole from San Quentin a decade ahead of schedule.

The Parole Board let him out 10 years earlier in recognition of his commitment to service, tutoring and rehabilitation.

His early release could have provided a door to a better future for a man who transformed his life behind bars after a series of huge setbacks that began shortly after his birth. Instead, he ticked the clock toward the end of his stay in the United States, a country he has lived in since he was a child.

Decision makers at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation had the discretion to release you, but chose to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and transferred you to the Mesa Verde ICE processing facility in Bakersfield, where you have remained ever since.

What happens next is uncertain, but the most likely outcome is his deportation from the United States to Cambodia, a country he does not remember. There is also a small chance that Governor Gavin Newsom might pardon you, after which you could begin legal proceedings to reopen your removal order and have your status as a lawful permanent resident restored.

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