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California governor, Jerry Brown, signed a bill that would remove the term “alien” from the California labor code when describing a foreign-born non-U.S. citizen worker.  Removing the term “alien” is a step in the right direction and an attempt to remove the derogatory nature of the term “aliens”.

The federal government uses the term “alien” in the Immigration Laws as its official term when referring to undocumented immigrants.  California started using the term “alien” in 1937 stating citizens should be given priority over “aliens” when hiring for public-works contracts.  California State Senator Tony Mendoza stated, “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.”

Alien is
An individual who is not a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.

U.S. Citizen is

  1. An individual born in the United States.
  2. An individual whose parent is a U.S. citizen.*
  3. A former alien who has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen
  4. An individual born in Puerto Rico.
  5. An individual born in Guam.
  6. An individual born in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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