Friday, March 16, 2012

Texas A&M Students Just Say No to Illegal Student Body Presidential Candidate Jose Luis Zelaya, but Cannot Remove School’s Felonious Administrators


"Texas A&M student Jose Luis Zelaya, a native of Honduras, speaks during a demonstration in support of legalizing undocumented students on the campus of Texas A&M University Friday, April 15, 2011," in College Station/Photo: Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle

By Nicholas Stix

Thank goodness, the Aggies lived up to their reputation of being more patriotic than your average college student.

Note that the headline for the Houston Chronicle story below is misleading: “Undocumented immigrant out as A&M student president.” It suggests that Jose Luis Zelaya had been student president, and had either lost re-election, or been stripped of his office. What the story does not tell you is that just-retired Texas A&M registrar Donald Carter, Pres. R. Bowen Loftin, and every other administrator and professor who knew about Zelaya’s status as an illegal is guilty of the federal felony of harboring an illegal alien, not to mention that Zelaya is illegally attending Texas A&M, and should be immediately removed from its campus.

Some Chronicle readers noted that Zelaya looks much older than his professed age of 24 (make that likely 23, since the picture is almost a year old), but that since he is “undocumented,” no one knows his true identity or age for sure.

As I wrote a couple of years ago in the context of affirmative action, things aren’t going to start improving at our nation’s colleges, until we start seeing administrators and professors perp walked on TV for crimes such as fraud, for falsifying the grades of failing students, in order to rip off the taxpayer. (Although the elimination of all federal financial support for higher ed wouldn’t hurt none.)

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Undocumented immigrant out as A&M student president
By Susan Carroll
Updated 9:18 a.m., Wednesday, February 29, 2012

An undocumented immigrant fell short in his bid to be the next student body president at Texas A&M University.

Jose Luis Zelaya, a 24-year-old graduate student who came to the United States illegally at age 14, said he finished fourth of six candidates, failing to earn enough votes to qualify for the runoff election scheduled for later this week.

Zelaya said that despite the loss, he won by having a chance to share his story of overcoming poverty, abuse and homelessness to graduate from a Houston-area high school and earn his undergraduate degree from A&M.

"Most importantly, we inspired a lot of people," he said.

"I don't need a title to make a difference," he added. "I don't need a title to serve this university."

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