CA to drop word “alien” from labor code

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill to remove the word “alien” from California’s labor codes, according to The LA Times.

“Alien is now commonly considered a derogatory term for a foreign-born person and has very negative connotations,” Sen. Tony Mendoza told the Times. “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.”

This bill is one of three that will take effect in the new calendar year. The other two will allow noncitizen high school students to work election polls and will protect immigrants who are minors in civil lawsuits. The first will allow students 16 and older who are legal permanent residents to work the polls, largely to improve access to translation services for voters. The second will bar courts from considering a child’s immigrant status in any civil case involving liability.

Gov. Brown’s approval of these bills marks further immigration reform in California, a state that has recently been making headlines for its immigration policies and that contends with this issue on a continuous basis.