It started with in-state tuition.

( – promoted by Paul R. Ferro)

Without immigration reform, California citizenship will have to do:

It started with in-state tuition. Then came driver’s licenses, new rules designed to limit deportations and state-funded healthcare for children. And on Monday, in a gesture heavy with symbolism, came a new law to erase the word “alien” from California’s labor code.

Together, these piecemeal measures have taken on a significance greater than their individual parts – a fundamental shift in the relationship between California and its residents who live in the country illegally. The various benefits, rights and protections add up to something experts liken to a kind of California citizenship.

Howie Carr reminds us how things stand in Massachusetts.

Remember when Deval Patrick decided to grant illegal aliens in-state tuition at public colleges? He couldn’t get it through the Legislature, so he just issued an executive order.

Last week on my radio show I asked Gov. Charlie Baker if he’d ever rescinded that illegal, high-handed handout.

Answer: Of course not.

“If you can work here in the commonwealth upon graduation, pay taxes and add to the growth of our economy,” Baker said, “that’s what the whole point behind in-state tuition was in the first place.”

About Patrick

Sometime political guy.