17 Apr '17, 4pm

California governor pardons three veterans who were deported to Mexico

Three veterans of the U.S. military were pardoned by California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune . Following their honorable discharges from the military, former Marines Erasmo Apodaca Mendizabal and Marco Antonio Chavez, and former soldier Hector Barajas Varela, were convicted of crimes and deported. Nathan Fletcher, a former assemblyman and Marine Corps veteran who worked on their cases, said the pardons will make it easier for the veterans to have their green cards restored and apply for U.S. citizenship. “The injustice we are solving is not the actual crime or conviction, the injustice is what the federal government did to them,” he said. Apodaca Mendizabal, who served in Operation Desert Storm, was convicted and sentenced in 1996 for stealing $500 worth of items from his ex-girlfriend. Chavez immigrated to the U.S. with his pa...

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