Texas A&M Student Government Vice President for Diversity hopeful, Jose Luis Zelaya, was blocked from the position by the Texas A&M Student Senate Wednesday night after his immigration status was brought up. Jose Luis has been an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and social justice since he first entered Texas A&M and is without doubt the most highly qualified individual for the position.
"Off-campus senator Chris Russo said the concern raised about Zelaya’s immigration status was about the appearance it would have on Student Government, the potential for a scandal and the possibility that Zelaya would be unable to perform his duties because of the “state of affairs” in the U.S." -The Battalion
""Eleven years ago, I had nothing. I was homeless. My home was a bridge," [Jose Luis] said..."People told me I couldn't graduate from high school, that I couldn't go to college," he said.
Zelaya earned a bachelor's degree from A&M in December and led the invocation at the graduation ceremony...He enrolled in January as a graduate student at A&M seeking a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, specializing in English as a Second Language." -Houston Chronicle
Zelaya came four votes shy of the two-thirds majority required for confirmation, with 20 senators dissenting.
Let's make a statement to the Texas A&M Student Senate. Let's UNITE behind Jose Luis, let's show that he WILL make Texas A&M a more welcoming a accepting place for all, that Texas A&M is a place of opportunity for all people, and that one's immigration status does not define one's integrity, passion, or competence. Please take 1 minute to add your name to the call for justice. Support Jose Luis Zelaya for a United Texas A&M.