UT Austin SG Passes Resolution Supporting Undocumented Students Without Any Republican Votes

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Seems like the Young Conservatives of Texas, Longhorn Libertarians and Republicans of Texas are already beginning to mirror the border-line anti-Latino qualities their elected Republican officials hold in Congress.

At a Student Government Assembly meeting last Tuesday, a resolution regarding undocumented students was passed by a vote of 18-9-2. This resolution passed without any support by the Young Conservatives of Texas, Longhorn Libertarians and Republicans of Texas.

The resolution, AR 16 “In Support of Undocumented Students and Undocumented Longhorns Week”, was symbolic in recognizing UT's undocumented students. It was also made to recognize Undocumented Longhorns Week.

Young Conservatives of Texas, Longhorn Libertarians and Republicans of Texas circulated a message asking Student Government representatives not to support the resolution. They claimed to only wish to provide a voice for the “silent majority.”

View the letter and read more on the story below the jump.

Dear Student Government Representatives:

We collectively write to you today wanting to address a particular concern and indeed voice our objection to what is currently transpiring in the Student Government under AR 16. Such resolution that is intrinsically a political statement and which was brought by an overtly political group should subject to your utmost scrutiny and prudence as representatives for all students. The notion of representation and indeed Student Government legitimacy are at stake. This is not a mere issue with “language” of the legislation. We would suggest to you that the passage of this very resolution would rended this Student Government nothing more than a rubber stamp organization that would be powerless to stand up on students' behalf.

There is a time and place for everything. This legislation usurps your legitimacy for a particular group's agenda. Please stand up for the thousands of students who are not thumping their chests, breathing down your necks and bullying your votes to advance their parochial agendas.

We strongly urge you to vote NO on AR 16 tonight in order to stand up and provide voice to the voiceless and the silent majority on this intellectually besieged campus, where often rhetoric and ad hominem have robbed away common sense and reason. If you feel uncomfortable voting NO on this resolution, we would alternatively urge you to motion and second to table this controversial legislation that is currently dividing our campus community.

You most respectful constituents,

[Signed by the Presidents and Vice-Presidents of Young Conservatives, Longhorn Libertarians, and College Republicans at Texas.]

During debate, Andrew Houston, student chair of the rules and regulation committee, made a motion to amend the resolution and change the title to “In Recognition of Undocumented Students and Undocumented Longhorns Week.” His amendment failed 11-20.

“I believe that there are other ways to support undocumented students, both within the resolution itself and by actions taken by student government,” said Houston.

Christopher Jordan, a McCombs representative, argued that representatives opposed to the legislation simply have issues with the way the resolution is worded.

“I support this cause,” Jordan said. “What I don't support is this resolution – this alarmingly partisan resolution.”

Danny Zeng, president of College Republicans, believes the resolution to be “political.”

“Take [this]into consideration: This is a political opinion, and I challenge the proponents of the resolution to tell me straight to my face that this has nothing to do with being political,” Zeng said.

Ugeo Williams, SG vice president, said one of his close friends is undocumented during the debate.

“I honestly just believe that [undocumented students are]asking for support. Remember, we don't make laws,” Williams said. “They're just asking for support.”

Updated 5:10pm to include transcript of letter.


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