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California to replace the word 'alien' from its laws

California will take the word California will take the word "alien" out of its state laws. |  Photo: Makaristos / Wikipedia

ADAM BEAM
Created: September 24, 2021 08:28 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California will strike the word “alien” from its state laws.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Friday that removes the word from various sections of the state code. The word will be replaced with terms like “noncitizen” or “immigrant.”

Assemblywoman Luz Rivas authored the legislation and said the word “alien” has been weaponized and used in place of explicitly racial slurs to dehumanize immigrants.

The change is California's latest effort to update the language of its laws. Newsom signed a law earlier this year to insert gender neutral language in laws governing statewide elected officials. 

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