Texas Students Cancel 'Catch an Immigrant' Game
Conservative group's plan caused ruckus at University of Austin
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2013 5:46 PM CST
Updated Nov 19, 2013 11:17 AM CST
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(Newser) – Student conservatives at the University of Austin at Texas today canceled their planned "Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game," where students were to run around campus wearing "Illegal Immigrant" signs, the Austin American-Statesman reports. In the game, which was to be held tomorrow, members of the Young Conservatives for Texas would have tried to capture the "illegals" in exchange for a $25 gift card. "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," said YCT chapter chair Lorenzo Garcia yesterday.

But then campus officials threatened to kick YCT members off campus, and the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Greg Abbott—who had Garcia as a staffer—dismissed the game as a "repugnant effort." In the aftermath of all that and more, "I spoke with our chapter’s members, and they are both concerned that the university will retaliate against them and that the protest against the event could create a safety issue for our volunteers," said Garcia in a statement, per the Houston Chronicle. He notes he has been "shocked" at the reaction (which has included him being labeled an "Uncle Tom") and described the game as "intentionally over the top in order to get attention for the subject." He expressed hope that "the publicity surrounding the event will create debate among students."

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Nov 20, 2013 11:04 AM CST
As illegal immigration causes an increase in violent crimes, we should do more to protect our borders. "Catch a Mexican" would be wrong. However, "catch an illegal immigrant" (who is a criminal breaking the law) is not.
Nov 20, 2013 6:39 AM CST
"illegal immigration? yeah...we have that...its called white people" -Native American Chief
Nov 19, 2013 1:47 PM CST
So only conservatives care about the illegal immigration problem? i.e. only conservatives care about real Americans.