Action Delayed on A&M Illegal Immigrant Bill

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Wednesday, May 5, 2010  |  Updated 10:15 AM CDT
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Action Delayed on A&M Illegal Immigrant Bill

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Texas A&M University Academic Building, College Station, Texas.

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Illegal immigration is a hot button issue and everyone is taking a side, including some members of Texas A&M University's student senate.

We told you in March that thousands of illegal immigrants were paying in-state tuition and receiving financial aid to attend public colleges and universities across Texas.

On Tuesday night, some members of the TAMU student senate tried to change that.

Texas A&M's student senate deferred action on a proposal to put the student's on record as opposing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. The panel voted 34-19 to send bill back to its external affairs committee.

The Eagle of Bryan-College Station reports the action came after two hours of debate.

One of the bill's 10 co-sponsors, student senator Justin Pulliam, said, "This isn't a financial issue. This is about what's right and what's fair. It isn't fair to out-of-state citizens who are here legally."

But according to another student senator, Taylor Barron, "This is an immigration issue. It does not belong in the student senate."

Illegal-immigrant residents of Texas have qualified for in-state tuition at state universities under a 2001 Texas law.

The state requires illegal immigrants that attend school in Texas to live in the state for at least three years prior to graduating from high school or receiving a GED. Illegal immigrant students must also file an affidavit saying they plan to apply for permanent residency as soon as possible.

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