A&M students petition Gov. Perry's dream act

POSTED: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 5:17pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- Just a few hours ago the GOP candidates faced off in their 7th debate in New Hampshire, including presidential hopeful Governor Perry.

Now many believe that in Central Texas his alma mater, College Station, is undisputed Perry territory but winning over student's votes may not be so easy.

In August, Governor Rick Perry, said he wanted to be president.

Since then he's gotten a lot of flack about his support for in-state tuition at Texas colleges for illegal immigrants, better know as the dream act.

Now students from his alma mater are raising a ruckus about the same thing.

"If he wants to prove that he is a potential republican candidate then he really needs to show his support for the conservative initiative," said Steven Schroeder, chairman of the Texas Aggie Conservatives.

The republican student group on campus called, The Aggie Conservatives, have started a petition. They're asking Governor Perry to call a special legislative session to stop the tuition break.

"They may have not been the ones that consciously chose to come into the United States illegally but the fact of the matter is their parents did make the choice to come here illegally and we're rewarding their parent's acts by subsidizing their education," Schroeder said.

Sophomore, Natalie Oliviero, signed the petition today. She didn't realize undocumented students pay the same in-state tuition she does.

"I don't think it's fair that illegal immigrants get to pay in-state tuition that's taking funds away from the school and like they need to become citizens before they're able to get the same in-state tuition that we are," Oliviero said.

But senior, Edgar Ochoa, says in this case it's not so black and white.

"I feel like if they've lived here and they've assimilated our culture than they're pretty much Americans too. It's not their fault they were brought here illegally."

In order for an undocumented student to benefit from the dream act, they must have attended a Texas high school for at least 3 years and must agree to apply for U.S. citizenship.

So far, the republican group has collected more than 200 student signatures and hope to have at least a thousand by the end of the week.

Then, they plan to send the petition to Governor Perry's office early next week.

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