California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a Democrat-backed bill on Friday that will remove the term "alien" to describe migrants in the state’s legal code.
Introduced by Democratic California State Assemblymember Luz Rivas, the bill replaces "alien" with terms such as "noncitizen" and "immigrant" throughout state law. The term "alien" was used in California since 1937 and by the federal government since at least 1798.
"As the nation’s most diverse state, we are stronger and more vibrant because of our immigrant communities," Newsom said in a statement. "This important legislation removes the word ‘alien,’ which is not only an offensive term for a human being, but for far too long has fueled a divisive and hurtful narrative. By changing this term, we are ensuring California’s laws reflect our state’s values."... (Read more)
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