Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation deleting the word “alien” from the California Labor Code, his office announced Monday, removing a decades-old term for people who are not born in the United States or who are not fully naturalized citizens.
Senate Bill 432, by Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, passed both houses of the Legislature with bipartisan support, and the Democratic governor signed it without comment.
Mendoza said in a prepared statement Monday that his bill will modernize the state’s labor code.
“Alien is now commonly considered a derogatory term for a foreign-born person and has very negative connotations,” he said.
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The bill was one of 15 measures Brown announced signing Monday. He began acting on legislation again last week after returning from climate talks and a vacation in Italy. Legislative leaders, at Brown’s request, refrained from sending various bills to his desk while he was out of the country, delaying the start of the 12-day clock for the governor to act on legislation.