California names illegal alien to statewide appointment

California names illegal alien to statewide appointment
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s Senate leader says an attorney and immigrant rights activist is the first person living in the country illegally to be named to a statewide appointment in the nation’s most populous state.

A Senate committee appointed Lizbeth Mateo as an adviser on college access and financial aid Wednesday.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon framed the decision as a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

De Leon announced Mateo’s appointment the day after Trump visited California to view prototypes of his proposed border wall and a week after the U.S. Justice Department sued the state over policies that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
 
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