Undocumented immigrant appointed to statewide
post in California
Fox News 3/15/18
The Senate Rules Committee in California has
appointed the first undocumented immigrant to a statewide post.
Lizbeth Mateo, 33, a Mexican-born attorney
and immigrant rights activist who came to the U.S. with her
parents at age 14, will serve on a committee that advises the
California Student Aid Commission, the Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday.
Mateo will assist in developing ways to help “low-income or
undeserved communities” receive information about college entry,
according to the office of Senate President pro Tem Kevin de
“While undocumented students have become more visible in our
state, they remain underrepresented in places where decisions
that affect them are being made,” Mateo said.
De León called Mateo “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.
“While Donald Trump fixates on walls, California will continue
to concentrate on opportunities,” de León said in a news
According to León's office, Mateo was born in Oaxaca, Mexico,
and graduated from California's Santa Clara University School of
Law in 2016 and passed the California state bar exam in 2017.
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