Who Is Lizbeth Mateo? First Undocumented Immigrant Appointed To California State Office

A California Senate committee appointed an undocumented immigrant to a statewide post for the first time, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León’s office confirmed Wednesday.

The state’s Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday appointed Lizbeth Mateo, an undocumented Los Angeles attorney and immigrant rights activist, to be a part of the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee as an adviser on college access and financial aid, the Sacramento Bee reported.

In a statement, De León praised Mateo, stating that while President Donald Trump “fixates on walls, California will continue to concentrate on opportunities.” 

“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,” de León added.

The Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee works towards helping students from low-income or underserved communities gain access to college. Mateo will be responsible for advising the committee to help low-income and marginalized people attend college.

“While undocumented students have become more visible in our state, they remain underrepresented in places where decisions that affect them are being made,” Mateo said in a statement.

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