CALIFORNIA—Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 225 which provides the opportunity for illegal immigrants to serve on government boards and commissions in the state. The bill was signed into law on October 12. Over 800 bills have been signed into law and a total of 179 were vetoed.

California is officially a Sanctuary City that protects the rights and protections of those who have entered the United States illegally.

Governor Newsom’s Bill 225

“Our state does not succeed in spite of our diversity,” said Governor Newsom in a written statement. “While Trump attacks and disparages immigrants, California is working to ensure that every resident-regardless of their immigration status-is given respect and opportunity to contribute.”

“How fun. California Legislature just passed a bill to allow illegal immigrants to serve on juries,” one person wrote on Twitter in response to the passing of the legislation.

Another person tweeted, “California would rather spend money on illegal immigrants than homeless citizens. A rearrangement of priorities are needed by the California Legislature.”

“We are proving that our state is successful not despite our diversity, but because of it. California isn’t just defending our vibrant immigrant communities. We are affording all Californians – regardless of immigration status – the chance to serve their communities and give back,” reads a statement on the Governor Newsom’s website.