Catch an Illegal Immigrant

UT Young Conservatives abandon plan after hilarity did not ensue.

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This is the time of year when the Pilgrims and their big immigration way back when are in everyone's thoughts (mostly because it created an entire holiday revolving around pie), but the Young Conservatives of Texas of the University of Texas has taken this immigration thing to a whole other level.

The group scheduled an event called "Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game" in which the participants would compete to catch people in designated shirts, with a $25 gift card awarded to anyone who nabbed an "illegal immigrant" and turned in said immigrant to the Young Conservatives.

While some might see the event as a joke made in incredibly poor taste about a complex issue in this country, it was totally just supposed to make people on the UT campus start talking about immigration, according to the group's Facebook page. "The purpose of the event is to spark a campus-wide discussion about the issue of illegal immigration, and how it affects our everyday lives," according to the Facebook description of the event. More than 200 people were said to be planning to attend the event.

Not everyone was as thrilled. "Our worry is that other groups will try to imitate the YCT and the hate they are spreading which could lead to further actions," Cesar Espinosa, executive director of FIEL Houston Inc., stated in a release. "We believe that the struggles that we face on a day to day basis is no joking matter."

Hair Balls tried to reach the UT branch of the Young Conservatives of Texas to get their take on this, but didn't hear back. The group is headed up by Lorenzo Garcia, a former campaign field director for state Attorney General Greg Abbott (a.k.a. the guy who is running for governor). Garcia didn't return a call for comment.

But while the organizers had yet to be heard from, the University of Texas had already issued a statement decrying the game.

A sampler from UT's outraged statement:

"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."

And for those not inclined to participate in the game, there would be an alternative thanks to the Houston-based activist organization Librotraficantes. Members of Librotraficantes were headed to the UT campus, where they would be engaging in a game called "You're All Immigrants." In their game, descendants of "illegal pilgrims" would deport themselves to the UT Young Conservatives to collect the $25 reward.

"I hope the students in the UT Young Conservatives club cashed their student loans; there will be way more immigrants than they ever imagined," Tony Diaz of Librotraficantes said.

Eventually the UT Young Conservatives called off the "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game.

Lorenzo Garcia, the head of the group, said they canceled the event because of concerns "that the university will retaliate against them and that the protest against the event could create a safety issue for our volunteers," according to the Austin American-Statesman.

UT President Bill Powers stated that since the country was founded on immigration, they needed to try and be sensitive to the issue. "Our nation continues to grapple with difficult questions surrounding immigration. I ask YCT to be part of that discussion but to find more productive and respectful ways to do so that do not demean their fellow students."


Fight's Over
Texas school district allows transgendered student's photo in yearbook.

Dianna Wray

After a protracted fight, the La Feria School Board in South Texas has decided to allow the formal senior portrait of Jeydon Loredo to appear in La Feria High School's yearbook. The board previously nixed the photo because Jeydon appeared in a tux and is transgender.

Jeydon and his family were first informed his photo wouldn't be running in the yearbook in late October, according to a release issued by the Human Rights Campaign. Initially the family wasn't even allowed physical copies of the photo (because it seems a kid in a tuxedo is so repugnant that a photo of it can't be allowed to exist in the world.)

Maybe not running the photo seemed like a good idea to the folks over at La Feria at the time, but soon after they said the photo couldn't run, the Loredo family had the Human Rights Campaign, a huge organization working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights, on their side, along with the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Efforts to resolve the issue failed, and that's where having the Human Rights Campaign and the Southern Poverty Law Center on their side really came in handy for the Loredo family. HRC launched a nationwide petition to allow Jeydon's photo to run in the yearbook, and when school district officials still didn't get on board, HRC officials threatened a federal lawsuit if the photo didn't run.

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Dec 2,

Demand the real double layer fence, isn't going to happen; demand for illegal entry into America punishable as a felony, isn't going to happen; demand for the Birthright citizenship Act, to stop children of illegal aliens getting instant citizenship, isn't going to happen; harsh penalties for employers hiring illegal foreign workers, isn't going to happen. REAL ENFORCEMENT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, SINCE BIG BUSINESS AND OTHER SPECIAL INTERESTS HAVE BROUGHT THE MAJORITY OF OUR POLITICIANS.


No immigration reform should be touched, until we have substantial enforcement. We certainly don’t need another 30 million legal immigrants as drafted in the Senate bill, when both sides are already importing over 1 million lawfully annually. That must begin with a far more powerful identification program, which would be the implementation of a mandated biometric Social Security card. This digital wonder would be distributed to every birthright citizen and naturalized citizen. Far superior to the E-Verify program not only would it identify those who are eligible to gain employment, but also bring to a halt rampant voter fraud and personal credit theft.

We have the technology to enact this law and it would begin to weed out benefit theft, such as food stamps. The cost for such a program is around $2 billion dollars, but eventually would save hundreds of billions of dollars; perhaps even trillions. Remember that Democrats have failed to tell the truth on many current and past issues, especially about the true illegal alien population. The special interest masters of both parties, wants the cheap labor and Liberals who have no excuses for dishonesty want to overlook non-citizens voting in our elections. The only true poll reports as far as the TEA PARTY and moderate and centralist Conservatives are concerned are the Rasmussen Reports that remains unbiased unlike the national media.

Where the Obama health care is concerned, the reality is that “Freeloaders” and illegal aliens will come out the winners, as they will be approved for free, as the parasites of society always are?

It’s a simple mechanism, which would remove the excuses from both political parties from stealing taxpayer money. I never credited that I would wish for such an identification card, but credit card fraud is now at epidemic proportions. The old Social Security card is easily duplicated and in truth obsolete. I am a victim of credit theft. American citizens must speak up to every Senator and Congress man or women and demand it. Non-citizens are stealing our votes, our rights and only the Democrats will use their power to halt the enactment of a national ID card. SOMEBODY START A PETITION TO PRESS FOR A MANDATORY NATIONAL ID CARD.

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