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Calif. Gov. Newsom weighs a pardon for immigrant who shot her husband

MARYSVILLE, Calif. - Liyah Birru shot and injured her husband after what she says was months of physical abuse. Now she is being processed for deportation to her home country of Ethiopia.

She has one last hope to stay in the United States: California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Newsom has been giving heightened consideration to pardon requests from people targeted for deportation, prompted largely by the Trump administration's widespread crackdown on immigrants, especially those with criminal records.

Of the 14 people Newsom has pardoned since taking office in January, three have been refugees in the process of being removed from the country by federal immigration officials. The governor took the time to call one of those immigrants and spoke to the family of another in federal custody.

"I have petitions for many, many others that are pending or we're considering," Newsom said recently. "Good people can disagree, but I will continue to consider that and put a lot of weight on that - deportation."

Newsom's predecessor, Jerry Brown,

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