"Texas Conservative Student Group To Hold ‘Catch An Illegal Immigrant’ Game"
On Wednesday, the University of Texas at Austin chapter of Young Conservatives will hold a mock immigration raid to target several students on campus who are purposefully wearing “illegal immigrant” t-shirts. The Facebook event is meant to “spark a campus-wide discussion about the issue of illegal immigration, and how it affects our everyday lives” and students who “catch” an undocumented immigrant will receive a $25 gift card.
The Facebook event was posted early Monday morning, but it has already drawn sharp opposition from people who have contacted the university president’s office to call for the expulsion of the lead organizer Lorenza Garcia. Garcia once worked as a campaign staffer for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. A university spokesperson said that the school will release a response on Wednesday afternoon.
The UT Young Conservatives is not the first group to hold such an event. In 2005, the Young Conservatives of the University of North Texas awarded candy bars to students who “captured” people posing as undocumented immigrants. In 2006, about 100 students protested the “Catch the illegal immigrant” game jointly organized by the Young Americans for Freedom at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan after the “game” was suggested by Morgan Wilkins, a former field representative for the College Republican National Committee. And in 2007, several hundred people protested student Republican groups at New York University and the University of Iowa when players searched on campus for students wearing an “illegal immigrant” insignia.