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California Senate appoints first undocumented immigrant to statewide post

March 19, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
California Senate appoints first undocumented immigrant to statewide post

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California’s Senate Rules Committee has named Lizbeth Mateo who will be the first undocumented immigrant to a statewide position.

The 33-year-old Mexican-born lawyer and activist for immigrant rights who came to the U.S. with her parents at 14-years-old, will serve on a committee that directs the California Student Aid Commission, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Lizbeth Mateo will help to develop methods to assist “low-income or underserved communities” receive information about college admission, the office of Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León reported.

“While undocumented students have become visible in our state, they remain underrepresented in places where decisions that affect them are being made,” Mateo stated.

De León referred to Mateo as “a courageous, determined and intelligent woman who at great personal risk has dedicated herself to fight for those seeking their place in this country.”

“While Trump fixates on walls, California will continue to concentrate on opportunities,” de León added in a press release.

León’s office indicated that Mateo was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and graduated from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 2016 and passed the California bar exam in 2017.

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