Illegal alien appointed to state post in California

Lizbeth Mateo at her office in Pasadena California. Lizbeth who was born in Mexico and who received her lawyer's license has lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for years. Source Emily Berl for The New York Times

California's possible response? Appointing an undocumented immigrant woman to a state senate committee.

Lizbeth Mateo, a 33-year-old attorney and immigrant rights activist, will serve on the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee. "I hope to be able to draw from my own experiences as an undocumented, first generation college graduate, and from experiences of students like myself who are now navigating or will soon navigate the higher education system", Mateo said in a statement.

The decision comes just two days after Trump's first visit to California since taking office. Trump slammed California as "totally out of control" and criticized the state's sanctuary policies.

Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016 named Jorge Reyes Salinas, an undocumented immigrant enrolled in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, to the California State University Board of Trustees as a student trustee.

"While Donald Trump fixates on walls, California will continue to concentrate on opportunities", de Leon said in a statement.

Mateo was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and brought to the her parents when she was 14, Newsweek reported. Travis Allen, a Republican state representative who is also running for governor, said in a Facebook post talking about Mateo's appointment that "the California Democratic Party now prioritizes illegal immigrants over California citizens".

She went toe-to-toe over the Dream Act with John McCain in 2010.


In addition to advocating for DACA and immigration reform, Mateo has also expressed support on social media for the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and claims to have represented Edith Espinal, an OH woman who sought to avoid being deported to Mexico and separated from her U.S. -citizen children by moving into a church offering her sanctuary. Mateo and three others were arrested for staging a sit-in in the office of Arizona Senator John McCain.

Mateo has been in the public eye as an advocate for Dreamers for several years. "Lizbeth's determined pursuit of her calling, in the face of various risks and hardships, inspires all of us who desire a more just, caring, and loving world, especially for those at society's margins".

Mateo has always been an immigration activist.

Lizbeth Mateo seems to be a woman that's going places.

A pair of undocumented immigrants, Julian Zatarian and Francisco Medina, were appointed to lead local commissions in Huntington Park in 2014.

Eastman told The New York Times that an an undocumented lawyer, Mateo is putting her clients that are in the us under DACA at a greater risk.



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