Newsom runs up against US Justice Department rules in pardoning immigrants

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Attorney General William Barr is trying to deport some legal immigrants who were convicted of crimes many years ago. Gov. Gavin Newsom is trying to spare some of the same immigrants from deportation by pardoning them.

It’s shaping up as another round in the Trump administration vs. California.

The immigrants are legal U.S. residents who, because they have not become citizens, face potential deportation for past crimes that were punishable by sentences of a year or more. Barr, overturning long-standing decisions by immigration courts, declared last month that migrants convicted of long-ago crimes could be deported even when their home states had retroactively reduced or erased their…

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