COLLEGESTATION - A vote at Texas A&M University has pitted students against each other.
Thursday night, student senators approved a bill officially opposing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
Prior to the vote, students in opposition took to the campus with protest signs.
About 300 undocumented students currently attend the university. According to state law, students who graduate from a Texas high school and meet certain requirements can get in-state tuition at public universities.
The controversial bill packed the house at the senate meeting Wednesday night.
The bill is just saying automatic in-state tuition based on residency in Texas should not be applied to people who are in the country illegally, said Justin Pulliam, a Texas A&M student senator.
We're against this simply because this shouldn't be at the student senate, said Jose Luis, a Texas A&M senior. The student senate at Texas A&M is there to help Aggies, not to hurt Aggies or to cause emotional pain.
The final vote ended with 41 in favor of the bill, 26 against and two abstaining.
The student senate does not make policy, so the vote is not binding.