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The Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) announced on Monday that they will have an event in which students will "catch" people labeled as "illegal immigrants." They will provide a $25 gift card for the "capture." This is the same group that orchestrated the Affirmative Action Bake Sale. YCT claims they are trying to spark a conversation about illegal immigration.

The Horn, a site that reports on University of Texas Austin news stated the following:

In response to Young Conservatives of Texas’ (YCT) “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” event planned for Wednesday, students opposed to the event are organizing counter-action responses.
The chairman of the Young Conservative of Texas is Lorenzo Garcia. Garcia was a Ted Cruz intern. He was also a Field Representative for Greg Abbott. Abbott’s campaign spokesman Matt Hirsch acknowledged that Garcia worked for Abbott. “He used to work for us but I think he resigned close to two months ago,” Hirsch said. The Greg Abbott campaign sent out an email claiming no association with the event. They called it a repugnant effort.

President of the University of Texas Bill Powers denounced the Young Conservatives of Texas event. He said that it "is completely out of line with the values we espouse at the University of Texas at Austin. Our students, faculty and the entire university work hard both to promote diversity and engage in a respectful exchange of ideas."

Abbott claims that he has no association with the Young Conservatives of Texas. That does not matter. The climate of hate and insensitivity he and his party promote make these types of shenanigans acceptable to their misinformed followers.

Originally posted to ProgressiveLiberal on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM PST.

Also republished by Houston Area Kossacks, LatinoKos, Barriers and Bridges, TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans, and Daily Kos.

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