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The Young Conservatives of Texas have planned a "Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game" on the campus of the University of Texas:

YCT will be having a "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" event this upcoming Wednesday. The details of the game goes as follows:

There will be several people walking around the UT campus with the label "illegal immigrant" on their clothing. Any UT student who catches one of these "illegal immigrants" and brings them back to our table will receive 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.

The event is being organized by Lorenzo V. Garcia, who is reportedly working for Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott:
Picture of press release from Lorenzo Garcia
Note the press release has today's date. The Dallas Morning News referred to him as a "former staffer" but that remains unclear. From his Facebook page in July:
Lorenzo Garcia and Greg Abbott
For their part, University of Texas officials are warning of serious consequences for anyone participating:
The university honor code entreats students to abide by the core values of the university, one of which is freedom, but two others of which are individual opportunity and responsibility. The university also values free speech and our campus continues to be an arena that inspires dialogue from diverse viewpoints. However, it is also meant to be a community where students exhibit respect for each other while holding those viewpoints.

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.

The Abbott campaign has also issued a statement distancing themselves from the event:
“Our campaign has no affiliation with this repugnant effort.  Illegal immigration and the failed policies of the Obama Administration are not a joking matter.

“Conservatives should not stoop to the level of liberals, whose shenanigans at the Texas Capitol this summer, including chants of ‘hail Satan’ during Senator Davis’ filibuster to allow abortions after five months, did nothing but sidetrack the Texas Legislature.”

Originally posted to Scout Finch on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 01:21 PM PST.

Also republished by LatinoKos, TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans, Turning Texas: Election Digest, and Daily Kos.

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