When it comes to entitlements for illegal immigrants, the California Legislature is on an extended hot streak. Within the last couple of years, Gov. Brown has delivered to the pro-immigration lobby plum victories, including driver’s licenses for aliens and the Trust Act that essentially converted California into a sanctuary state, making horrors like Kate Steinle’s murder possible in any city.
Each win emboldens the California Latino Caucus and encourages it to press for more. State Sen. Tony Mendoza spearheaded the latest effort, SB 432, which would delete the word “alien” from the California Labor code when it’s used to define a person not born in the United States. However, the federal government uses alien in reference to foreign nationals, legal and illegal, who reside in the United States. A legal alien has been issued a visa, and is authorized to live and sometimes work in the country. SB 432 passed in the Assembly last week.
Mendoza hopes that SB 432 will encourage other states and even the federal government to strike alien from their official language. Gov. Jerry Brown will soon review SB 432, and is likely to sign it into law. More or less under the radar, last year under SB 396 the California Assembly successfully but wrongly expunged references to Proposition 187 because of, according to Kevin de Leon, its “polemic language.”
Revisionism doesn’t achieve anything. Proposition 187 was a legitimate effort, overwhelmingly passed by California voters, to lessen illegal immigration’s fiscal impact on taxpayers and to discourage unlawful entry. But nothing is ever enough for California’s pro-illegal immigrant legislature.