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In A First, California Appoints Undocumented Immigrant to State Post

The Senate Rules Committee of California appointed Attorney Lizbeth Mateo, 33, an undocumented immigrant, to serve on a committee that helps students from low-income/underserved areas gain increased access to college – in a seeming act of defiance against federal immigration policies and while President Donald Trump was having his first visit to California as President. This is during a fierce conflict between the federal government and the State of California over so-called “Sanctuary Cities” or cities, counties, or states that protect undocumented immigrants from aggressive federal immigration policies and enforcement.
Mateo was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and entered the U.S. when she was 14 years old. She earned her law degree from Santa Clara University law school in 2016 and became a member of the bar in 2017. She is an active pro-immigration activist.

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