The Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) recently announced their plans to host a "Catch an Illegal Immigrant' game on Nov. 20 at the University of Texas at Austin.
The same student group held an affirmative action bake sale on the Austin, Texas campus earlier this fall, in which they charged students different prices based on their race and gender.
The head of the YCT is Lorenzo Garcia, who used to work as a paid field representative for GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, reports the Texas Tribune.
Garcia wrote on YCT's Facebook page:
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.
Rather than "spark" discussion, the event has been condemned by Gregory Vincent, UT-Austin's vice president for diversity and community engagement.
"Once again in trying to be provocative, 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 on the school's website.
"Some UT-Austin students are undocumented, and under Dream Act legislation signed into law in 2001, these students are entitled to attend state universities," added Vincent. "They are part of a growing diverse population on campus and in the state of Texas — a population that plays increasingly larger roles in our intellectual, economic, political and cultural communities."
Sources: UTexas.edu, Facebook,Texas Tribune