02/29/2012 02:34 pm ET

Undocumented Immigrant Campaigned For Student Body President At Texas A&M

When José Luis Zelaya told his mother he'd been accepted at Texas A&M University, she was so overcome with emotion, she teared up.

"I thought, that's what moms do, they cry," Zelaya said.

But she wasn't just just crying from maternal pride. Zelaya's mother led him to her bedroom, where she pulled out a ratty tee shirt, full of holes, bearing the College Station university’s logo. She was given the shirt at an immigration shelter 10 years ago, when she first arrived from Honduras with Zelaya's sister.

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