President Trump targeted Californian Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday for pardoning five ex-convicts who were facing deportation, and asked if the Golden State residents "really want" this policy for criminal immigrants  The president described Brown as "moonbeam," a nickname he received as Governor in the late 1970s during his first term as Governor, when he proposed a California Space Academy and later adopted a plan for the launch and orbit of a satellite for emergency communications  "Governor Jerry & # 39; Moonbeam & # 39; Brown pardoned 5 criminal illegal aliens whose crimes (1) kidnapping and robbery (2) Badly beating wife and threatening a crime with intent to terrorize (3) drug trafficking That really what the big people of California want? @FoxNews "Tweeted Trump.
The President's remarks follow Brown's forgiveness on Friday of 56 convicted felons, including two families who fled the Khmer Rouge regime four decades ago.
It was the third pardon of the Democrat, in which he intervened in favor of immigrants who were subjected to deportation for criminal reasons.
The pardon does not automatically stop the deportation procedure, but eliminates the federal convictions on which the federal authorities rely (1
Trump's remarks continued a war of words between him and Brown, accusing the government of "basically going to war" with California over its immigration policy.
Brown signed last year Sanctuary Legislation Limited State (19659003) Attorney General Jeff Sessions responded with a lawsuit by the Department of Justice, which should invalidate three state laws protecting rural residents without documentation.
The pardon included Sokha Chhan and Phann Pheach. both are facing deportation to Cambodia, a country ruled by the genocidal Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Chhan was convicted of domestic violence in two cases in 2002 and had to spend 364 days in prison
Pheach was sentenced in 2005 to six months in prison for drug possession and obstruction of a police officer. His wife said he was in federal custody.
Also pardoned was Daniel Maher, who was convicted of kidnapping, robbery and perpetrators in 1995, and was jailed for five years. Maher is facing deportation to China.
Chhan, Pheach and Maher have permanent residence permits in the US, but have exhausted all legal channels for deportation and have made Brown's pardon their last hope of remaining in the US, Prasad said.
This is a life-changing, tremendous event, "he said.
Daniel Mena and Francisco Acevedo Alaniz were also pardoned for opposing deportation, but their homelands were not immediately known: Mena became the owner of illegal drugs in 2003 Alaniz has served five months in prison for a 1997 car-theft condemnation.
Brown has also converted the sentences of 14 sentenced persons for crimes on Friday.
The governor is a former Jesuit seminarian, and traditionally awards close to the Christian Holidays pardons. Easter falls on Sunday.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.