POSTED: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 5:22pm
Texas Tribune — 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.