In addition to California being a “sanctuary” state, it has now appointed an illegal immigrant to a statewide office.
Per California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León’s office, Lizbeth Mateo, a 33-year-old attorney and immigrant activist, will be serving on the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee, according to The Sacramento Bee.
According to its website, the California Student Opportunity and Access Program assists in “improving the flow of information about postsecondary education and financial aid while raising the achievement levels of low-income, elementary and secondary school students or geographic regions with documented low-eligibility or college participation rates, and who are first in their families to attend college.”
“While Donald Trump fixates on walls, California will continue to concentrate on opportunities,” de León said in a press 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.”
Mateo, who came to the United States when she was 14 years old. said she was happy to accept the appointment.
“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.