Launched by Democratic California State Assemblymember Luz Rivas, the invoice replaces “alien” with phrases comparable to “noncitizen” and “immigrant” all through state legislation. The time period “alien” was utilized in California since 1937 and by the federal authorities since not less than 1798.
“Because the nation’s most numerous state, we’re stronger and extra vibrant due to our immigrant communities,” Newsom stated in an announcement. “This essential laws removes the phrase ‘alien,’ which isn’t solely an offensive time period for a human being, however for much too lengthy has fueled a divisive and hurtful narrative. By altering this time period, we’re making certain California’s legal guidelines mirror our state’s values.”
Immigration activists have lengthy argued the time period “alien” is outdated and dehumanizing. California has the biggest inhabitants of undocumented immigrants in the US.
Newsom’s workplace stated in a press launch that “alien” was used as “a political canine whistle to precise bigotry and hatred with out utilizing historically racist language” starting within the Nineties.
The governor additionally signed laws figuring out assaults on migrants as a consequence of their immigration standing as hate crimes and affirming protections for unaccompanied undocumented migrant youngsters.
The invoice’s approval adopted an identical transfer by the Biden administration earlier this yr. In April, President Biden ordered the Customs and Border Safety and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to switch the phrase “alien” with “noncitizen” or “migrant.”