The ‘Sanctuary State’ of California made national headlines again this week; appointing for the first time in its history an illegal immigrant to state office; escalating its all-out war with the Trump administration over federal guidelines regarding undocumented workers.
According to Yahoo News, the state has appointed “an undocumented resident to a statewide post,” unveiling the controversial move just hours after President Trump visited the Golden State’s southern border with Mexico.
The Senate Rules Committee officially appointed 33-year old Lizbeth Mateo to work on the panel’s commission to increase college access for minority communities and illegal residents; directly rebuking Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ crackdown on the state’s ‘Sanctuary City’ policies.
“While Donald Trump fixates on walls, California will continue to concentrate on opportunities,” said Senate President Kevin de Leon. “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.”
Mateo was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and was brought to the United States along with her parents at the age of 14.