University of Texas students to host 'Catch an illegal immigrant' game

University of Texas students to host 'Catch an illegal immigrant' game
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POSTED: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 11:40am

UPDATED: Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 12:25pm

conservative student group at the University of Texas in Austin is organizing an event Wednesday called "Catch an Illegal Immigrant," where participants will be rewarded with $25 gift cards for "catching" students wearing "Illegal Immigrant" labels.

According to the group, the Young Conservatives of Texas-UT chapter, the purpose of the event is "to spark a campus-wide discussion about the issue of illegal immigration, and how it affects our everyday lives."

If stirring something up was their goal, they've certainly met expectations.

National Democrats and immigration reform advocates quickly seized on the event, with some noting on Twitter that Lorenzo Garcia, the chairman of the student group, works for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who's running for governor next year.

Matt Hirsch, a spokesman for Abbott's campaign, however said Garcia does not currently work for the campaign.

He used to work as a paid field representative but left the campaign more than two months ago.

Garcia's LinkedIn account also shows he interned at the Texas State Capitol and for Sen. Ted Cruz's 2012 campaign. He did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

He told the Houston Chronicle that the event is supposed to get people talking.

"If we held a forum or a public debate no one would show up," Garcia said. "But if we have an event like this it gets people talking about and if it gets people talking about it then we've succeeded."

He added that they're "not afraid to be politically incorrect. We don't espouse to the belief that politics is immune to offending someone."

The event comes as the federal government grapples with immigration reform. While the Senate passed comprehensive legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants, the bill appears to have no future in the House.

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THIS IS OLD NEWS...THE "GAME" WAS SHUT DOWN...TAKE THIS OFF YOUR SITE, MODERATOR.

Well, whatever, as a matter of fact, our wills leave our estate to UT Tyler to fund scholarships for deserving students decades after we are gone...lots of $ that we'll trust the folks at UT Tyler to give to students who will want to study to make something of themselves and to be productive citizens in the future...so whatever, stuff a sock in it...I wouldn't want my children engaged in this kind of stunt, but suppose you would congratulate your son/daughter for doing something so stupid.

Would they be looking to catch one of the illegal immigrants that Perry, Staples and Abbott INVITED to attend college at UT?

Pete is just showing how Un American he really is just like his idol Obummer. They are prime examples of just what is really wrong with this country, they undermine our forefathers and the constitution and every soldier that has ever served & even died for this country and its freedom. Just what part of " ILLEGAL " do you not understand Pete? You should really consider going back to whatever country you came from because your certainly not an American. Take Obummer with you.

REASON PREVAILS!! Due to intense objection and outrage at this stupid idea, those very conservative young goons have canceled the "game"!!

...and this is what we send our young people to expensive colleges to do with their time? It is sad that the hatred of ultra-conservative right-of-right parents infects their children with the same disease of hatred they learned from their own parents...time spent on this disgusting "game" takes away from what young people are supposed to be doing...studying, innovative thinking, preparing for meaningful careers, helping those less fortunate, etc. Horrible example for the rest of the country!

"we?" I'm sorry, are you paying for their college? Unless you personally donate to the UT scholarship system, YOU don't really have a say. Please-- college kids are going to do what they're going to do.

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