Gov. Brown signs measure designed to strike out “alien” from Calif.’s labor code

Gov. Brown signs measure designed to strike out “alien” from Calif.’s labor code

One of the three immigration-related measures signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday will effectively remove the word "alien" from the labor code of California.

Gov. Brown said he didn't want the state to use the word "alien" as it is seen as a derogatory and disparaging term for those residents who were not born in the United States.

State Sen. Tony Mendoza, a Democrat from Artesia who authored the bill, said that bill banning the use of "alien" was required to modernize the state's labor law. He added that term would continue to exist throughout federal immigration law, but there was increasing national sentiment that its use was inappropriate.

Speaking about the measure, Mendoza said, "Alien is now commonly considered a derogatory term for a foreign-born person and has very negative connotations. The United States is a country of immigrants who not only form an integral part of our culture and society, but are also critical contributors to our economic success."

He also signed measures into law that will allow noncitizens in high schools to serve as election poll workers and protect the rights of immigrant minors in civil lawsuits.

Evan Westrup, a spokesperson for the governor, said the bills signed by the governor reflected that California recognizes and respects the diversity and contributions of all Californians.

The trio of the immigration-related measures will take effect on January 1, 2016.

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