By Jason Patterson | United States
On Wednesday, The Senate Rules Committee of California shocked citizens by appointing the first undocumented resident to a statewide post. According to Senate President Kevin de León’s office, Lizbeth Mateo will now serve on the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee.
As an undocumented alien, Lizbeth Mateo is a former attorney and immigrant rights activist, and will now serve on the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee.
“While Donald Trump fixates on walls, California will continue to concentrate on opportunities,” de León said in a news release. “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.”
In a statement, Mateo said she welcomed the opportunity. “While undocumented students have become more visible in our state, they remain underrepresented in places where decisions that affect them are being made.”
According to de León’s office, Mateo graduated in 2016 from Santa Clara University Law School and also passed the California bar last year.
She was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and came to the United States with her parents when she was 14, according to de León’s office.