California Senate Leader Kevin de Leon, whose legal name is Kevin Alexander Leon, testified earlier this year that half his family has fake documents. He clarified that statement in an interview this week with The Sacramento Brie.
“I misspoke during my testimony before the Senate Public Safety Committee,” he told the Brie. “It is not true that half of my family has fake documents and would be deported under President Trump’s administration. The fact is that every single one of my family members – including me – has a fake name, a fake Social Security card, and a fake address. I apologize for the confusion. I consider fake documentation to be a basic human right for every California resident, and Senate Bill 54 will be an important step toward achieving that goal.”
The senator, who still does not know the true identities of his closest relatives, recently visited Genentech in Vacaville with hair samples of his wife and children. “I hope to finally find out who they are,” he said. “Even though I use a fake name in my daily life, the not knowing has been difficult.”
He plans to amend SB 54 to include free genetic testing for any resident of California who suspects their family members might also have false identities.