They've had the vote delayed by a bout of common sense, they've had the bill vetoed, but they're not giving up -- members of the Texas A&M student senate are poised to vote again on denying in-state tuition to the children of illegal aliens.
Proponents of the bill are looking to get enough votes to override the veto.
"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," says the bill's sponsor, Justin Pulliam, who is chairman of the Texas Aggie Conservatives, a group established to fight the scourge of all those Texas Aggie Liberals.
"The current state law simply rewards illegal behavior and this is something we as Aggies reject," says another proponent, Stephen Crumpley.
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Children born here are legal U.S. residents, and if they live in Texas they would seem to qualify as "in-state," but there must be distinctions that conservative Aggies are aware of that escape us.
The original bill passed 41-26; a two-thirds vote is needed to override the veto.
And then, of course, there's the matter of just how much power a student senate resolution has on any campus in the nation.