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California, seeking to shed past exclusion, removes 'alien' from labor code




Rodrigo Ortiz, an employee at the Pomona Day Labor Center, waves at the Metropolitan Detention Center during a march last year. This week, in California's latest bill on immigrants, the state has stripped the term
Rodrigo Ortiz, an employee at the Pomona Day Labor Center, waves at the Metropolitan Detention Center during a march last year. This week, in California's latest bill on immigrants, the state has stripped the term "alien" from its labor code.
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For years, the word "alien" was used in California to describe both workers who were here with legal residence, and those who came here undocumented.

Earlier this week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law which will remove the term from the state labor code.

For more, we're joined by the law maker who wrote that bill, State Senator Tony Mendoza who represents California's 32nd District.