Texas A & M Students on Illegal Immigrants

In light of the California Supreme Court’s recent decision that illegal immigrants qualify for in-state tuition at California state colleges, one Texas college plans to make a judgment about that soon too. According to an article by Reeve Hamilton in the Texas Tribune:

Texas A&M University’s Student Senate is set to take a final vote this evening on a controversial measure to oppose in-state tuition for undocumented students.

Student Senator Justin Pulliam, who also chairs a group called Texas Aggie Conservatives, authored SB63-11. The bill, if passed, would establish that “it is the opinion of the students” that undocumented individuals living in Texas should not receive in-state tuition at the university.

As the article cautions, “Student Senate bills are non-binding.” No kidding. The California Supreme Court decision was based on the fact that California law likewise allowed undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition if they meet certain criteria.

California’s Supreme Court found the California law to be entirely within the powers allowed the state under federal law. Obviously Texas and California are different states but come on, this is a legal issue. Who cares what one Texas A&M student has to say about this? It’s not up to him anyway.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer