California continues to lead the anti-Trump resistance when it comes to lawless immigration policy.
The California state Senate on Wednesday appointed Lizbeth Mateo, an attorney and civil rights activist who entered the country illegally, to a committee that seeks to increase college attendance opportunities for “underserved communities,” The Sacramento Bee reports.
The Senate Rules Committee placed Mateo on the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee, which serves the California Student Aid Commission.
Mateo was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and came to the US illegally with her parents when she was 14.
Senate President pro tempore Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), who is currently running for US Senate against Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the state’s Democratic primary, made the announcement.
“While Donald Trump fixates on walls, California will continue to concentrate on opportunities,” de Leon said in a statement. “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 Leon’s office said Mateo, 33, graduated from Santa Clara University Law School in 2016 and passed the California bar just last year.
“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.
California has clashed with the Trump administration on immigration.
Last month, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf issued a public warning about ICE raids in her area. Among the illegal aliens who did not escape the raid were 115 persons with prior felony convictions for “serious or violent offenses.”
In a federal lawsuit filed last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions retaliated with a lawsuit against California over its “sanctuary state” policies, CNN reported.
“Stop treating immigration agents differently from everybody else for the purpose of eviscerating border and immigration laws and advancing an open borders philosophy shared by only a few, the most radical extremists,” Sessions said.”