Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to remove the term “alien” from the California labor code to describe foreign-born workers.

Brown announced Monday that he signed SB432 by Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia.

Mendoza said removing the term “alien” was an important step toward modernizing California law because it is now commonly considered a derogatory term with very negative connotations.

The state began using the term “alien” in 1937 to describe people who are not born or naturalized citizens in the United States.

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