An attorney and immigrant rights activist is the first person living in the U.S. illegally to be named to a statewide appointment in the nation's most populous state, California's Senate leader announced Wednesday.
The Senate Rules Committee appointed Lizbeth Mateo to be an adviser on college access and financial aid.
Mateo is well known for championing protections for people without legal authorization to live in the U.S. who were brought to the country as children. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon framed her appointment as a rebuke of Republican President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
As a member of the Student Opportunity and Access Program...