CHAPEL HILL — Emilio Vicente, the UNC-Chapel Hill student without legal U.S. immigration status, lost a historic election Tuesday for student body president.
Andrew Powell won the student body president runoff election Tuesday with nearly 63 percent of the vote, according to the campus Board of Elections. Vicente, who received 35 percent of the vote, had been the top vote getter among four candidates a week ago, but then faced Powell in the runoff.
Vicentes candidacy had drawn national attention because of his immigration status. Born in Guatemala but raised in Siler City since the age of 6, Vicente attends UNC-CH on a privately funded scholarship.
He is considered an international student for tuition purposes and could not have afforded out-of-state tuition rates.
He came to the United States with his mother and a few others who climbed under barbed wire at the Arizona border in 1997. He went on to become an honor student at Jordan-Matthews High School in Chatham County.