California Appointed an Undocumented Woman to Statewide Post (Cue Jeff Sessions Crying)

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California has appointed an undocumented person to a statewide post, a first in the state’s history.

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Thirty-three year old Lizbeth Mateo has been appointed to California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to the California Student Aid Commission on increasing access for underserved students.

Mateo was appointed by California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León just two days after President Trump visited the state to talk about how much he loves clear walls, and a week after Attorney General Jeff Sessions came through to bash sanctuary cities.

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From the Sacramento Bee:

“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,” she said.

The appointment of Mateo, an attorney and immigrants right activist, is already causing ire in the Brietbart universe; the replies to her tweets contain several frothing at the mouth ICE references, but she’s tweeting through it.

Staff writer, mint chocolate hater.

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To anyone wondering how she got licensed to practice law in California:

-Admission to practice requires an appropriate education, passing the bar exam, and demonstrating appropriate “moral character.”

-You don’t need to be a U.S. citizen. Plenty of non-U.S. citizens are members of the California bar, and the bars of other states.

-”Appropriate moral character” is a somewhat subjective assessment, but it does include review of any criminal record. However, that alone won’t bar admission if the totality of circumstances demonstrates fitness to practice. In Mateo’s case, she came to the US at 14, so this would be viewed as a juvenile offense, which typically does not prevent admission as long as the applicant is honest about it.