hosting a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the West Mall of
campus from 12-3 p.m.
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,” said Lorenzo Garcia, YCT Chairman.
The Young Conservatives of Texas – UT Chapter is a political student group rooted in
conservative principles. YCT promotes its principles through a wide range of activities,
including campaigning for conservative candidates, ranking the state legislature, and hosting
events on the University of Texas campus.
Letter from YCT-‐UT Chapter Chairman Lorenzo Garcia
To whom it may concern,
I am writing to inform The University of Texas at Austin and the UT
community that I have decided, after speaking with my members, to call off the
illegal immigration event that the university chapter of Young Conservatives of
Texas had planned for Wednesday.
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.
I acknowledge that the decision to include issuing $25 gift cards during the
event was misguided and that the idea for the event was intentionally over-‐the-‐top
in order to get attention for the subject. It is a simple fact that illegal immigration is
a concern in this country and that it is one we must face. Estimates suggest that
around 12 million people are living in the United States without documentation.
President Obama wants to address the issue during his final term, and students on
college campuses, conservative, liberal, or somewhere in between, should not be
silenced when they attempt to make their voices heard about an issue that is so
important to our futures.
I have been shocked at the uproar over the event’s premise and at the
personal attacks against me. Today, opponents of YCT have claimed that I am being
used as a front man. I have been called an “Uncle Tom.” I have received emails and
comments via social media filled with obscenity. The reactions of some who claim
that YCT is creating a demeaning or degrading environment on campus have been
I have always viewed The University of Texas as a place where students
could express their opinions—whether or not they were popular. Even though our
event will not go forward, UT students, our state, and our nation need to have a
serious discussion and debate about the issue of illegal immigration. I believed that
our event would spark this discussion on campus, and though we will no longer be
holding the event, I hope that the publicity surrounding the event will create debate