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June 25, 2021
Refugee Hiep Le Spared Deportation Thanks to Pardon by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced yesterday that she would grant clemency to eight of the over 200 individuals who were seeking it — five commutations and three pardons.
Mr. Hiep Xuan Le (aka Xuan Hiep Le) was among the chosen eight. Mr. Le came to the U.S. nearly 40 years ago as a refugee and has been out of prison for over 20 years. Despite having served his sentence, raised a family, and built successful businesses, Mr. Le’s criminal past rendered him subject to deportation. Only a full and unconditional pardon from Gov. Kelly would ensure that he could remain in the U.S. with his wife and son.
Mr. Le was represented by Joseph, Hollander & Craft attorneys Christopher Joseph and Carrie Parker. Upon hearing the news of his pardon, Mr. Le told them he jumped and cried with joy: “All the years of fearing deportation and being sent far away from my loved ones is being replaced with happiness and assurance that I can be here for my family,” he said. “All [of this is] thanks to your hard work and caring.”
The firm is also grateful for the news. “I cannot imagine a better candidate for clemency than Mr. Le,” said Carrie Parker. “It was an honor to tell his story.”
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