Texas A&M Student Senate to Take Final Vote on Bill Against In-State Tuition for Illegal Aliens
Nov 17, 2010 at 02:10 PM
College Station, TX – The Texas A&M Student Senate is set to take a final vote Wednesday night on a controversial bill opposing the Texas practice of granting in-state tuition to illegal aliens. The “In-State Tuition Bill” originally passed the Senate with a vote of 41 for and 26 against; however, the student body president vetoed the bill. The Senate can override the veto with a two-thirds vote.
According to FoxNews.com and The Eagle, Texas State Representative Leo Berman supports the student senate bill and plans to introduce similar state legislation this spring.
“The point of subsidizing college education is to educate the future workforce of the state. It doesn’t make sense to subsidize the education of someone who can’t legally work in the United States after they graduate. A country must take care of its citizens first,” said Senator Justin Pulliam, also Chairman of the Texas Aggie Conservatives. Pulliam was the lead bill author.
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Texas and New Mexico are the only states granting in-state tuition and financial aid to illegal aliens. On the other hand, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama state policies prevent illegal aliens from attending public universities. This week, the California Supreme Court ruled illegal immigrants can attend college at in-state tuition rates.
“This bill caused significant controversy on campus, but from speaking with my constituents, I discovered that they overwhelming supported the bill and the original passage of the bill clearly reflected the wishes of most Texas A&M students,” said Steven Crumpley, off campus student senator. “The current state law simply rewards illegal behavior and this is something we as Aggies reject.”