California will replace “foreigner” with “non-citizen”, “immigrant” in state laws

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Governor of California Gavin NewsomGavin Newsom Judge Ends Guardianship of Britney Spears After 13-Year Manson Family Member Leslie Van Houten Recommended Again for Parole. (D) on Friday enacted a measure that will effectively remove the term “foreigner” from state laws in reference to residents who are not U.S. citizens, in response to growing arguments that the word is outdated and offensive.

The legislation, which was drafted by California Amember of the assembly Luz Rivas (D), will replace the word by alternative terms like “non-citizen” or “immigrant” according to an announcement from the Newsom office.

While state laws passed in 2015 and 2016 removed the word from the California labor and education code, the measure Newsom signed on Friday will replace the term in all state laws.

Newsom said in a statement: “As the most diverse state in the country, we are stronger and more vibrant because of our immigrant communities.”

“This important legislation removes the word ‘extraterrestrial’, which is not only a term offensive to a human being, but which has for too long fueled a conflicting and hurtful narrative,” he added. “By changing this term, we are ensuring that California laws reflect the values ​​of our state. “

Rivas congratulated Newsom on Twitter on Friday, writing that the signature “marks a big step forward in the fight to dismantle institutional racism specifically targeting our immigrant communities.

“For decades the term ‘alien’ has become a weapon and has been used instead of explicitly racist slurs to dehumanize immigrants,” she continued, thanking Newsom “for recognizing the importance of this bill and for taking steps to remove derogatory language from our laws. ”

Nationwide movements have developed in recent years to remove references to immigrants as “foreigners,” a term that dates back to at least 1798 with the adoption of the “Laws on foreigners and sedition.

In April, the Biden administration ordered employees of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop labeling migrants as “foreigners”.

Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller said at the time that the move was necessary to help “uphold the laws of our country while maintaining the dignity of every individual with whom we interact.”

“The words we use are important and will serve to further confer that dignity on those in our care,” he added.

The California measure was one of many laws that Newsom signed on Friday as part of a larger effort to expand “the state’s humane immigration policies by offering protections and support to immigrants.

Other legislation signed on Friday included measures codifying security standards in detention centers, as well as defending the rights of unaccompanied and undocumented minors.



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