UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
College Station, TX -- The Texas A&M Student Senate passed a controversial bill Wednesday night opposing the Texas practice of granting in-state tuition to illegal aliens. The “In-State Tuition Bill” passed with a vote of 41 for, 26 against, and two abstaining.
“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, a junior animal science major. 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.
The campus newspaper The Battalion reports that some students protested the bill the evening it passed.
“This bill caused a lot of controversy on campus, but from speaking with my constituents I felt that they overwhelming supported the bill and the votes casted last night clearly reflected that similar view across Texas A&M University,” said Steven Crumpley, off campus student senator. “The current state law simply rewards illegal behavior and this is something we as Aggies reject.”
The bill was authored by 41 students and sponsored by an additional five senators.
From Texas A&M Student Senator Justin Pulliam