“Catch an Illegal Immigrant” Game is Canceled for Texas Students

    November 19, 2013
    Erika Watts
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It didn’t take long for the University of Texas to put a stop to the “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” event planned for their campus after the event made national headlines. The “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” event, which was planned by the Young Conservatives of Texas at the University of Texas at Austin, was canceled after UT officials said it violated their honor code.

During the game, students who participated would have been given a $25 gift card for apprehending any students wearing an “illegal immigrant” name tag. This event was supposedly created to increase awareness of illegal immigration. The Young Conservatives group found themselves under fire for the event on Facebook and Twitter, but the group says their illegal immigrant hunt was needed because no one would come to debates.

“If we held a forum or a public debate no one would show up,” said Lorenzo Garcia, YCT chairman of the UT chapter. “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. We’re not afraid to be politically incorrect. We don’t espouse to the belief that politics is immune to offending someone.”

Here is the Young Conservative group’s original tweet regarding the event:

According to KVUE, Texas received more than 500 complaints of discrimination related to the event. This is reportedly the most complaints UT’s Campus Climate Response Team has ever received.

Dr. Gregory Vincent, the University of Texas Vice President of Diversity and Community Engagement, released a statement regarding the matter:

“If the members of YCT carry out their plan for “Catch an Illegal Immigrant,” they are willfully ignoring the honor 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.”

Now that the event has been canceled, some people are saying that the university is denying its students the right to free speech. Do you think the university was right to cancel the illegal immigrant game? Respond below.

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  • Really?

    Immigrants built this country. Here is a video by one of the smartest men in America and he addresses the immigration issue in America and namely H1B visas. These are videos by Michio Kaku.


    This next one is about the education system. It is very good.


    These young “conservatives” illustrate the primary reason why the rest of the world hates us. They are clueless and have no understanding of the history of this nation and how it was actually built. I will give them a little break though because the are “young”. The haven’t lived long enough to realize all politicians are the same. Liberal and conservative is just a stance that divides the masses. Divided the masses will do nothing and those in power know this. This is how they keep their power. The last thing a politician wants is change.

  • Randy

    There is nothing discriminating about playing a game that is about having honest law abiding legal American citizens catching someone who is here illegally. That’s like telling kids they can’t play cops and robbers because they may offend a criminal. Come on America this country is falling apart because we can’t even stay with the basic principals of why this was once the greatest country in the world.

    • JL

      Just like the person said above – immigrants built this country. This country isn’t falling apart because of immigrants. It is falling apart because of wide spread government corruption and greed. Look at the statistics. Immigrants bring money and business to cities. In fact, a city in Ohio is actually advertising to attract immigrant. The whole midwest is doing this. Just look it up on network. There are hundreds of articles on this.

      America is falling apart because of paranoia, government corruption, 12 years of meaningless wars, FED policies, corporate outsourcing, and politicians that only care about themselves. Not because of hardworking immigrants.

  • http://www.i601waiverattorney.com/ Criminal Waiver

    I think immigrants contribute the country’s progress. Country isn’t falling down because of immigrants. It is falling down because of wide spread government corruption and greed. Government hid the corruption to blame the immigrants. immigrants bring their business to cities and the source for job opportunities.