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California to replace the word 'alien' from its laws

California will strike the word “alien” from its state laws

9/26/2021 7:28:00 PM

California will strike the word “alien” from its state laws, getting rid of what Gov. Gavin Newsom called “an offensive term for a human being” that has “fueled a divisive and hurtful narrative.”

California will strike the word “alien” from its state laws

Newsom on Friday signed a law that removes the word from various sections of the California state code. California passed laws in 2015 and 2016 that removed the word from the state's labor and education code.But the law Newsom signed on Friday finishes the job by removing the word from all state laws. The word will be replaced with terms like “noncitizen” or “immigrant.”

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“By changing this term, we are ensuring California’s laws reflect our state’s values,” Newsom said.The federal government has used the term “alien” to describe people in the U.S. who are not citizens since at least 1798 with the passage of the “Aliens and Sedition Acts.” But Assemblywoman Luz Rivas, a Democrat from Arleta, said the word “has become weaponized and has been used in place of explicitly racial slurs to dehumanize immigrants.”

“The words we say and the language we adopt in our laws matter — this racist term ‘alien’ must be removed from California statute immediately,” Rivas said.Governments, libraries and news agencies have been updating itsimmigrationlanguage in recent years. The Associated Press updated its widely used stylebook in 2013 to advise against using the phrase “illegal alien” or “illegal immigrant.” Harvard Library announced in March it was removing the phrase “illegal alien” from its cataloging language. headtopics.com

And in April, U.S. President Joe Biden ordered federal immigration agencies to stop referring to migrants as “aliens.”The change is California's latest effort to modernize the language of its laws. Newsom signed laws earlier this year to insert gender neutral language in laws about the California Conservation Corps and statewide elected officers.

California's laws had referred to the state Attorney General and lieutenant governor as “he” and “him," even though Vice President Kamala Harris had been the state's first female attorney general and Eleni Kounalakis is the state's first woman to be elected lieutenant governor.

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Well we know what he’s focusing on rather than making his state a better place to live Democracy means, follow the Constitution and the laws of America, that Congress MADE and can change. I hate it when Congress complains or ignores the laws they made. Quit the postering , you really want open borders, vote on it.

Actions like this are so silly, you’re just replacing one word with another that means the exact same thing It’s about damn time! i hate them aliens invading us Focus in important . Hyperinflation ; eviction proceeds ; homeless everywhere and opioides crisis pleas The only aliens I know of are from out of space.

Such ridiculous BS. California has real issues, and foolish Newsom is worried about the word alien. I agree, that sounds great. lets keep 'alien' to the movies. Oh good, that will fix everything Once again Cali exceeds all levels of common sense. Alien simply refers to not being a citizen

California Gov. Newsom signs law to replace term ‘alien’ with 'noncitizen' or 'immigrant'California passed laws in 2015 and 2016 to remove the term from the state’s labor and education code. But the new law removes it from additional state codes. Changing the name of a problem doesn't solve the problem. So glad he’s focused on the important things. Thank god he won the recall…

Right! I’ve always hated that word and wondered how it was ever appropriate to use referring to human beings in a civilized society. Los ilegales son sinvergüenzas extranjeros, no 'extraterrestres'. En todo caso si le gusta mucho, que para su casa se los lleve y buena suerte con eso, la va a necesitar enormemente.

A:”hole they are not citizens of this country that many have given their lives for just give it away for what a vote for you Are we going to remove every word that has been “weaponized”? I would offer that the treatment of these neighbors of ours is far more important than whatever they might be called.

So if I see this guy I can’t call him an alien? They are illegal aliens and always will be changing a word will change nothing they should not be here come here legally you're more than welcome to stay 🤬 LOL 😕🧐🤨 lost their minds….

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Replacing it with Grewsom? Illegal immigrant is far more descriptive for what they are. Well...They Are Aliens 👽 from the Third World From The Sun 🙄🌍🌏🌎🤭 Osea k cuando veamos un extraterrestre..no podemos yamarle marciano ? ni hombreciyo verde ? ni Robert Froilan de todos los Santos ? Ni saca tu puta nave de mi jardin No vaya a ser k se traumatize el bicho..pues vaya mierda !! 😁🤣😂

It maybe a Political statement, that is still hurtful GavinNewsom , what needs to take place, yall start to treat Our Seniors, who are Green Card Holder's in line with our Values, GovAbbott Opted out, by NOT providing MedicareGov to over 65 seniors are simply appalling 1/1 Criminal works better Illegal immagrant, illegal migrant, illegal alien. Key word is 'illegal'.

I don't know anyone who uses the word alien. This is our good sense, and we don't have to take it all out and write it down. thank you

California Gov. Newsom signs law to replace term ‘alien’ with 'noncitizen' or 'immigrant'California passed laws in 2015 and 2016 to remove the term from the state’s labor and education code. But the new law removes it from additional state codes. Changing the name of a problem doesn't solve the problem. So glad he’s focused on the important things. Thank god he won the recall…

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