Urge Governor Newsom: Help Keep An Nguyen Home! #PardonAn
Governor Gavin Newsom
TAKE ACTION TO #PardonAn AND #KeepAnHome:
- Send a Support Letter for An to Governor Newsom
- Go to the Office of Governor Newsom website: https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/
- Purpose of Communication: “Have Comment”
- Subject: “Clemency - Pardons"
- Position: “Pro"
- Call Governor Newsom's Office: 916-445-2841 and tell him to pardon An
- Tweet at Governor Newsom (use our tweets below)
- Watch and share our virtual press conference and listen to An share his story: https://www.facebook.com/VietRISEOC/videos/3569486073097507
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
Join us in helping our beloved community member, An Nguyen, fight his deportation! An is a caretaker for his family, sisters, niece, and elderly mother, and would have no family or support system at all in Viet Nam if ICE deports him. The only way to prevent An's deportation is to get a pardon from Governor Newsom.
We are calling on Governor Newsom to stop ICE from deporting An by granting An a pardon, so he can remain with his family, community, and loved ones. Join us in the fight to #PardonAn and #KeepAnHome!
AFTER YOU ARE DONE SIGNING, SHARE ANY OF THESE TWEETS:
- An Nguyen immigrated as a child from Vietnam to the US, where he faced poverty, bullying, and an education system that failed him, leading to a crime he served over 20 yrs for. He now faces deportation to the country his family fled. @GavinNewsom protect refugees and #PardonAn.
- After serving over 20 years in prison, An Nguyen, a Vietnamese refugee, has worked to build a good life for himself and his family. Now, ICE threatens to take that all away from them again by deporting An. @GovNewsom #PardonAn and keep families together!
- .@GavinNewsom, after being released from prison & ICE, An Nguyen has focused on taking care of his elderly mother, found a stable job, & is following all his parole requirements. An should remain here with his family. We urge you to #PardonAn & prevent his deportation!
ABOUT AN NGUYEN:
An Nguyen is a Vietnamese refugee who came to the United States as a child in 1990 to be reunited with his family, who migrated to the U.S. five years before him. As a youth, An's family struggled with poverty and adjusting to life in a new country. Facing poverty, racism and bullying as a youth, he ultimately made a mistake that resulted in a series of robberies. An served over 20 years in prison for the robberies, and while there he chose to turn his life around. He participated in multiple self-help programs to better understand and take responsibility for the consequences of his actions, worked multiple jobs and enrolled in job skills training, and cared for his family emotionally by calling and writing to them.
In October 2019, An completed his prison sentence. However, instead of being released to his family, An was transferred to ICE custody for deportation proceedings as soon as he was released. A month later, an immigration judge ordered An to be deported despite completing his prison sentence. Because ICE was unable to effectuate his deportation at this time, An was released shortly after.
In March 2020, An's life was thrown into chaos once again when ICE detained him in the Adelanto Detention Facility. He, his family, and attorneys were able to fight for his release from detention through a habeas petition and because An's health conditions made him medically vulnerable to severe illness or death from COVID-19. Since his release, An, his community, and family have fought hard for him to be able to stay home. He served his prison sentence and worked on his rehabilitation only to be transferred immediately to ICE, re-detained, and then released again. Despite this fight, ICE can still deport An to Viet Nam at any time.
An has a community and large family of twenty-nine members--including his siblings, son, nieces and nephews, and elderly mother he cares for-- who need him here at home. That is why we are fighting to #KeepAnHome and urging Governor Newsom to grant An a pardon and protect him from deportation to Viet Nam, a country he no longer knows and where he has no family ties.
Governor Gavin Newsom
From: [Your Name]
I'm writing to ask Governor Newsom to pardon An Thanh Nguyen. Facing poverty, racism and bullying as a child refugee, he ultimately made a mistake that resulted in a series of robberies. An served over 20 years in prison for the robberies, and while there he chose to turn his life around.
Since his release, An, his community, and family have fought hard for him to be able to stay home. He served his prison sentence and worked on his rehabilitation only to be transferred immediately to ICE, re-detained, and then released again. Despite this fight, ICE can still deport An to Viet Nam at any time.
An has a community and large family of twenty-nine members--including his siblings, son, nieces and nephews, and elderly mother he cares for who need him here at home. I urge Governor Newsom to keep families together, and stop ICE from deporting An by granting him a pardon. Thank you.