Lizbeth Mateo is an illegal alien who spends her days defending illegal aliens. Mateo describes her goal as “preparing legal strategies to help undocumented immigrants stay in the country.” Or as The New York Times headline describes her: “A Defendant of the Constitution with no Legal Right to Live Here.”
California Senate President Kevin de León, an illegal immigration supporter and facilitator, presided over Mateo’s swearing-in ceremony as an attorney. De León is the author of California’s SB 54, the bill that would make the entire state an alien haven. An Oaxaca, Mexico, native who lives Los Angeles, Mateo has hired an illegal alien as her immigration lawyer to help her, despite her illegal presence, remain in the United States.
Summing up the believe-it-or-not storyline: an illegal alien lawyer, Mateo, whose mission is to protect illegal aliens from deportation, took her oath of office from an illegal alien advocate, de León, and is represented by another illegal alien, Luis Angel Reyes Savalza.
According to the website notonemoredeportation.com, Mateo came to the California when she was 14, and has benefited greatly since her arrival. Taxpayers funded her K-12 education, and she likely received scholarships to attend Cal State Northridge and Santa Clara University School of Law. But when Mateo brazenly returned to Mexico in 2013 without a visa to reenter, she lost her chance at deferred action for childhood arrivals, DACA.
Mateo has made a career of subversive activism. In 2010, she was arrested inside Senator John McCain’s office as part of a failed stunt to demand that Congress pass the DREAM Act. Then in 2013, her return to Mexico led to her creation of the “Bring Them Home” campaign which demanded what she called immediate family reunification, but which is better described as open borders.
Unsurprisingly, Mateo has received enthusiastic support along the way from her Santa Clara professors, her law school dean, two California U.S. Representatives, and assorted legal scholars from Georgetown, Cornell, and the University of Illinois. For the record, the American Bar Association advocates for reduced immigration enforcement, legal funding for unaccompanied Central American minors, and expanded refugee resettlement.
Many consider Mateo and the California law that allowed her to become a lawyer Exhibit A in how far off the deep end the state has gone to appease illegal immigrants. In 2014, the California legislature – not the voters – passed a law which Governor Jerry Brown subsequently signed that allowed aliens to earn law and other professional licenses.
In 2012, President Obama’s Department of Justice addressed a similar case with aspirant alien lawyer Sergio C. Garcia. The brief issued to the California Supreme Court stated that federal law prohibits giving public benefits like law licenses to “an unlawfully present alien.” Nevertheless, the California Supreme Court voted unanimously to grant Garcia permission to practice law, and Brown acquiesced.
No matter how it’s sliced, Mateo is a deportable, lawbreaking alien who has gained infamy by publicly flouting immigration law. Lawyers take oaths of office to uphold the Constitution, but aliens like Mateo and Garcia violate that pledge.
Mateo plans to forge on and, in the process, will set a bad example for other aliens of how rewarding immigration law defiance can be. She plans to resubmit her DACA application, an unconstitutional Obama program that President Trump has foolishly allowed to continue.
To avoid future cases like Mateo’s, which loom since New York also has approved alien lawyer legislation, the Trump administration should promptly, as the law allows, remove her.
Joe Guzzardi is a Californians for Population Stabilization Senior Writing Fellow. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.