letters | immigration and the bay state

Illegal no more, by executive order

I wish the Globe, The New York Times, and other media would stop referring to the young people who will qualify for in-state tuition rates at Massachusetts colleges, as the result of recent action by Governor Patrick, as “illegal immigrants.”

Patrick’s decision will apply to children of undocumented immigrants granted permission to stay in this country with work authorization cards for two years under an executive order issued by President Obama in June. With such presidential permission, they will no longer be undocumented, or illegal, immigrants. They will be documented and legal residents of Massachusetts, and thus rightly eligible for the tuition break.

Margaret M. Carlan