Student group ignites controversy with plan to host 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' game

  • Students will be encouraged to hunt down and capture students wearing "illegal immigrant" badges.

A conservative student group at the University of Texas-Austin (UT) says it plans to host a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game on Wednesday in which students will be encouraged to hunt down, and capture other students wearing "illegal immigrant" badges. 

According to a Facebook invitation several students will walk campus grounds with a label marking them as “illegal immigrants.” UT students who catch an “illegal immigrant” and return them to the organization will receive a $25 gift card.

The group says it hopes to "spark a campus-wide discussion about the issue of illegal immigration, and how it affects our everyday lives,” but the plan has been condemned by school President Bill Powers, who argued such an event would violate the institution's values. 

“The proposed YCT event is completely out of line with the values we espouse at The University of Texas at Austin," he wrote. "Our students, faculty and the entire university work hard both to promote diversity and engage in a respectful exchange of ideas. The Wednesday event does not reflect that approach or commitment.”

According to the Facebook description, the event will take place from 12 p.m.-3 p.m., on the UT West Mall and is hosted by the UT Young Conservatives of Texas. At the time of publication, 65 students had RSVP'd for the event.

In the same press release Powers encouraged YCT to be part of the “discussion” regarding immigration in “more productive and respectful ways that do not demean their fellow students.”

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