University of Texas at Austin has a problem on their hands. It’s Lorenzo Garcia and his fellow members of the university’s Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT). You may recall, Lorenzo Garcia held an affirmative action bake sale earlier this year. Garcia said he wanted to demonstrate that affirmative action is “demeaning to minorities” and creates “reverse discrimination.”
This week Garcia tried to take his conservative antics one step further. According to the YCT’s Facebook page, Garcia planned a “Catch An Immigrant” day:
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.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Garcia explains how he came up with the event:
“I’ve been thinking about the event for a while since President Obama said he wanted to pursue amnesty after health care,” he said. He read on Drudge Report that “a Democratic congressman is on the record saying amnesty is the key for saving Obamacare.”
“It made me think about illegal immigration in general and how much they put into the system and how much they take. I thought it would be a good way to spark the debate at UT by having an event such as this.”
Gregory Vincent, the university’s vice president for diversity, said students who participate in the game Wednesday would be exercising their freedom of speech “to the detriment of others.”
“The YCT is contributing to an environment of exclusion and disrespect among our students, faculty and staff by sending the message that certain students do not belong on our campus,” Vincent said in a statement. “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.”
Students found guilty of violating the honor code could face expulsion.
In response to the backlash Garcia received from the university administration, as of today, he cancelled the event.
“After the University President and the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement released statements denouncing the event we planned as violating the university’s honor code, I spoke with our chapter’s members, and they are both concerned that the university will retaliate against them and that the protest against the event could create a safety issue for our volunteers,” said in a statement obtained by CBS News Houston.
Honor code violation >>>> dumb ideologies. Garcia, there’s several stadiums in Texas, pick one and have a row of seats.