California to replace 'alien' with 'noncitizen,' 'immigrant' in state laws
Added 09-25-21 06:57:02pm EST - “California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Friday signed into law a measure that will effectively remove the term "alien" from state laws in reference to residents who are not U.S.” - Thehill.com
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California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia to launch program tracking violent deaths in LGBTQ+ community California governor signs legislation targeting Amazon warehouse speed quotas Newsom signs privacy laws for abortion providers and patients MORE (D) on Friday signed into law a measure that will effectively remove the term “alien” from state laws in reference to residents who are not U.S. citizens, in a response to growing arguments that the word is outdated and offensive.
The legislation, which was authored by California Assembly member Luz Rivas (D), will replace the word with alternative terms like “noncitizen” or “immigrant" according to an announcement from Newsom's office.
While state laws passed in 2015 and 2016 removed the word from the California labor and education code, the measure signed by Newsom Friday will replace the term in all state laws.
Newsom said in a statement, “As the nation’s most diverse state, we are stronger and more vibrant because of our immigrant communities.”
“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,” he added. “By changing this term, we are ensuring California’s laws reflect our state’s values.”
Governor @GavinNewsom just signed my bill, #AB1096 to remove the term "alien" from CA law when referring to immigrants and noncitizens!— Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (@AsmLuzRivas) September 24, 2021
Today marks a huge step forward in the fight to dismantle institutional racism targeted specifically towards our immigrant communities. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/LvO6kFdL2h
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