The Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus in California is lauding Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to pardon three Southeast Asian Americans.

They are three of about 20 Southeast Asian immigrants who sought pardons from Brown in his last weeks in office, according to The Marshall Project.

All are facing deportation for crimes they committed in their youth.

“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,” the API Legislative Caucus said in a statement to AsAmNews.

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