The University of Texas at Austin chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas is under attack for
a planned on-campus “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” gamethat it is promoting on Facebook.
According to the YCT’s Facebook event, “There will be several people walking around the UT campus with the label ‘illegal immigrant’ on their clothing. Any UT student who catches one of these ‘illegal immigrants’ and brings them back to our table will receive a $US25 gift card.” The Facebook event was created by YCT’s chairman — Lorenzo Garcia — a junior at UT majoring in government.
“The purpose of this event is to spark a campus-wide discussion about the issue of illegal immigration, and how it affects our everyday lives,” the event states.
Some students have already taken to UT’s campus to protest the planned “game”:
This is not the first time UT YCT has faced controversy. In September, “the group hosted a bake sale to protest affirmative action where students were charged different prices for baked goods depending on their race,” The Texas Tribune reports.
UT administrators condemmed the YCT event, saying in a statement:
If the members of YCT carry out their plan for “Catch an Illegal Immigrant,” they are wilfully ignoring the honour code and contributing to the degradation of our campus culture. And once again, they will have resorted to exercising one of the university’s core values to the detriment of others. Such actions are counterproductive to true dialogue on our campus, and it is unrepresentative of the ideals toward which our community strives.
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