Immigrants No Longer “Aliens”
We all know California as one of the most progressive states in the Union. Last week, the state burnished its reputation when Governor Jerry Brown signed a triptych of immigration bills, the first of which removed the word “alien” from California’s legal code because, according to the L.A. Times, “it is seen as a disparaging term for those not born in the United States.”
The second bill allows immigrant high school students to serve as election poll workers. One legislator indicated that new law in California is, “not only expanding our access to bi-lingual poll workers,” it also provid[es] high school age lawful permanent residence first-hand experience with American democracy.”
In the third bill, California made it improper to consider a child’s immigration status in determining any liability or remedy in a civil lawsuit.
See the original Los Angeles Times Story here.
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