Lorenzo Garcia, informed “Catch an illegal immigrant” has been cancelled due to the possibility of retaliation and safety issues for volunteers.
A game scheduled for the University of Texas where students will play roles as law enforcement and as “illegal immigrants,” has drawn wide condemnation.
“Catch an illegal immigrant” is being sponsored by Lorenzo Garcia, chairman of the Young Conservatives of Texas, and is to take place on campus, on Wednesday. Club members will wear signs that say "illegal immigrant," and students who capture them will get $25 gift cards.
"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 a statement posted by the group.
Garcia, who is from Mexican-American descent, has been associated with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott over the event, because the young leader recently was a paid staffer for his gubernatorial (R) campaign. Abbot is known for opposing the Texas DREAM Act. However, he issued a statement on the “Catch an illegal immigrant” game:
“Our campaign has no affiliation with this repugnant effort ... Illegal immigration and the failed policies of the Obama administration are no joking matter.”
"If the members of YCT carry out their plan ... they are willfully ignoring the honor code and contributing to the degradation of our campus culture," Gregory Vincent, UT vice president for diversity said in a statement.
Those found guilty of violating UT’s honor code could face expulsion.