After uproar, mock immigration sting canceled at UT campus

After uproar, mock immigration sting canceled at UT campus
Muliadi Soenaryo/Texas Tribune
The School Yard

POSTED: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 1:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 5:22pm

According to the Texas Tribune, the UT chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas has canceled a mock immigration sting on campus scheduled for Wednesday. YCT campus chairman Lorenzo Garcia said in a statement that organizers feared UT officials would retaliate against them.

Garcia also cited safety concerns, but conceded that the event, where students were to be rewarded with $25 gift cards for "catching" undocumented immigrants, was “over the top.” He nonetheless took issue with the backlash he received on Monday and said he hoped the controversy would stir debate on the issue of immigration.

"I have been called an 'Uncle Tom.' I have received emails and comments via social media filled with obscenity," Garcia said in the statement. "The reactions of some who claim that YCT is creating a demeaning or degrading environment on campus have been truly disgraceful."

Garcia also took a swipe at the university, saying he thought it a place where "students could express their opinions — whether or not they were popular."

In a brief statement, university officials said they were pleased with the decision and said the school “honors the right of free speech for all students."

“We welcome the Young Conservatives of Texas' decision to cancel Wednesday's event and look forward to the group being part of a thoughtful campus discussion about immigration,” officials added.

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This issue is about a deplorable stunt by young adults who should be studying, not thinking up idiotic and time-wasting "games"...character assassination shows how you're not able to concentrate, evaluate or discern truth from lies or effective and positive programs vs. tripe...unable to stay focused, attune to the subject at hand, you descend, yet again, to gutter garbage and missing the point...don't bother foolishly slamming me, old's falling on deaf ears and blind eyes

Well, Pete you have just shown that you are as Un American as Obummer. If you like illegals so much then by all means move to Mexico. This is America bud, we speak English not Spanish and we don't need anyone else to support. Illegals have taken tons of jobs here and their not just doing lawns either, they have taken over all trades. NAFTA sends work overseas killing jobs here and you want to bring in more illegals to take over whats left You and people like you are whats wrong with this country

Disgusting and deplorable idea in the first place...glad the outrage at such a stunt was such that these clones of up-tight right-of-right ultra-conservative daddies was shut down before it had a chance to disgrace Texas even further. Kids, GET BACK TO THE BOOKS AND STOP BEING LATE-NIGHT FODDER FOR TV COMMEDIANS WHO JUST LOVE TO MAKE FUN OF TEXAS...this state never disappoints for a good laugh at Texas' expense, and this stunt should give them plenty to laugh about tonight! Garcia, shut up!!

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