University of Texas organizes "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game to hunt down the undocumented
It's a sad time when college students, like the conservative group from University of Texas at Austin, become controversial and disrespectful solely to bring attention to a discussion they want to have. Unfortunately, the topic is illegal immigration and the Young Conservatives of Texas believe that if they act out a "game" of "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" on campus, more people will listen.
They got the attention they wanted. Although, it seems like negative reaction from the public is more of what they received, thankfully.
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I can't believe that college students, who are supposed to be smart, can act like unsympathetic crazies! The point of their "public service" is to have volunteers spread out using name tags that read "illegal immigrant" so the students can have a public discussion on illegal immigration. Therefore, any UT student can approach them, flash a student ID, proclaim the words "Border Patrol" and take them back to the YCT table to cash in on the Visa gift card. A $25 Visa gift card reward!! I don't get it! What's the point again?
Can't these kids come up with a better idea to have a healthy discussion on whatever they please to talk about? Plus, there are actual undocumented students on campus who have the legal right to attend university. I can't imagine standing in either parent's shoes.
I'm investing in my children's education, but if they go around with super ideas like these ... I want my money back.
The Young Conservative of Texas love to stir up controversy. Back in September, you might recall that a group of college students had an "affirmative action bake sale" where the brownies were priced based on race and gender of the buyer! What were they thinking?! These kids clearly don't.
"Catch an Illegal Immigrant" was scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the school's West Mall. I couldn't see it happening. In fact, in a statement yesterday, UT's Vice President of Diversity and Community Engagement Gregory J. Vincent said that the "game" would be a violation of the university's honor code. The YCT has agreed to cancel the game, err, event.
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