Published: Sat, March 17, 2018

California appoints illegal immigrant activist to advisory board

California appoints illegal immigrant activist to advisory board

In a story March 15 about a statewide appointment in California, The Associated Press reported based on information from the California state Senate that Lizbeth Mateo was the first person living in the US illegally to receive a statewide appointment. Gov.

The California Senate leader says an attorney and immigrant rights activist is the first person living in the country illegally to be named to a statewide appointment in California.

"While Donald Trump fixates on walls, California will continue to concentrate on opportunities", de León told The Sacramento Bee in a statement.

"Ms. Mateo is a courageous, determined and intelligent young woman who at great personal risk has dedicated herself to fight for those seeking their rightful place in this country", he said in a statement.

Mateo was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and brought to the U.S.by her parents when she was 14, Newsweek reported.

"I hope this is just the beginning of more undocumented people having access to places we're usually not accepted into", said Mateo, a 33-year-old attorney and immigrant rights activist. As a student at Venice High School she learned to speak English and eventually became the first in her family to graduate college, earning a B.A. from California State University, according to her legal website.


Mateo went on to earn a law degree from Santa Clara University in 2016, passed the California State Bar exam a year ago and now has a private practice in Wilmington, Calif., a suburb of Long Beach. She'll be fighting for low-income and undocumented California students.

He said the Senate did not ask Mateo for a Social Security card. She also played a key role in helping a group of young people now known as the "Dream 9" return to the USA after being deported to Mexico. In 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives protection from deportation to immigrants who were brought to the USA illegally as children. She complained that illegal aliens are not adequately represented in state government, and described her appointment as a step towards correcting that alleged injustice.

While in California, Trump criticized the state's sanctuary cities on Twitter, calling them "unconstitutional".

Mateo has been in the public eye as an advocate for Dreamers for several years. But even before her legal degree, she's pushed for protection of immigrants, including demanding for a DREAM Act. California now has the most Dreamers.

Despite advances for undocumented immigrants in California, Mateo points to access to health care and other services that remain beyond reach for many.

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