First for California: Undocumented Immigrant Appointed to Gov't Post
In a first-of-its-kind decision, the state of California appointed an undocumented immigrant to a statewide post.
Lizbeth Mateo, 33, was appointed to a committee that advises the California Student Aid Commission, even though it is illegal to hire an undocumented immigrant.
Thank you Sen. @kdeleon for appointing me to the CalSOAP Advisory Committee. I look forward to working w/ the rest of the committee & the Student Aid Commission in such important task - increase the accessibility of postsecondary education opportunities for low-income students.
— Lizbeth Mateo, Esq. (@LizbethMateo) March 15, 2018
The state of California allows undocumented immigrants to practice law, get a driver's license, receive in-state tuition and receive some welfare benefits. The state will pay the person's legal fees if arrested.
A private company can still be fined by federal authorities for employing an illegal immigrant.
Mateo will not be a salaried employee, but California state policy entitles her to reimbursement for expenses - meaning that the state and taxpayers will be paying her although it is against federal law.
The appointment of Mateo seemingly further affirms California's sanctuary state status and resistance to President Donald Trump.
Mateo, 33, is a Mexican-born attorney and immigrant rights activist who came to the United States with her parents at age 14. She graduated from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 2016 and passed the California state bar exam in 2017.
Watch William La Jeunesse's report above.