Texas Conservative Group Organizing “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” Game

young-conservativeIt’s amazing to me how often I read stories pertaining to something conservatives are saying or doing where I have to make sure it’s not some kind of satire.  It’s a true testament to how absurd the Republican party has really become.

Case in point, the story I ran across where the Young Conservatives at the University of Texas at Austin are organizing a “catch an illegal immigrant” game.  What this “game” consists of is labeling several people around campus as “illegal immigrants” and allowing people to “catch” these individuals for a $25 gift card.

Yes—this is a real thing.

The rules as described by the group are 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.”


Who in their right mind believes this is a “good” idea?  Then again, this is the same group that hosted an “affirmative action” bake sale where they charged different prices based on the consumer’s race.

Here’s a rule: If Republicans don’t want to be called the party of racism, they have to stop doing crap like this.

To take the very serious issue of how to sensibly handle illegal immigration and turn it into some sideshow “game” that does nothing but mock illegal immigrants is reprehensible.  When you add this “game” along with their ridiculous bake sale that seemed organized by some “white rights” group, all these kinds of shenanigans do is highlight the blatant racism that’s rampant throughout the Republican party.

But of course, if you ask conservatives, they adamantly deny that racism is an issue within their own party.  And that makes perfect sense, right?  After all, the bake sale was just showcasing how affirmative action actually demeans minorities and the “let’s go hunt down an illegal” game is meant to raise awareness of how illegal immigration impacts our daily lives.  Sure. 

And the kicker is, this isn’t the first time that “Young Conservative” groups at colleges in Texas have played this ridiculous “game.”

These people are juveniles.  They cling to this idea that if they don’t blatantly use racist terms and simply spin it to sound like some kind of “public awareness message,” that people will be dumb enough to actually believe them.

And sadly, for millions of conservatives, they actually do.

This “game” is an embarrassment to the real immigration issues we face in this country, and the fact the University of Texas at Austin has allowed it to happen on their campus is something they should be absolutely ashamed of.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Pipercat

    I’m shocked it happened in Austin and not College Station….

    • Kyle Walker

      Sadly there are those of this ideology that live in Austin. Humorously, they are the minority in town and are at constant odds with the general populace.

      • Pipercat

        I’d like to see these dolts try a round of this down here at UTSA!

  • Quacker

    I would say how terrible and offensive this is, but, they are in Texas. I mean really, Texas, what do you expect from them?

    • Pipercat

      Really, the same as anybody else. I’ve lived here for over 18 years and what these ding dongs did leaves a stain on the majority of good people here. The powers in this state do many things to stay in power. This includes silencing opposition. The good news, the silencing isn’t working all that well anymore. So, there is hope!!

    • Kyle Walker

      The same bigotry happens across the nation despite the state. As they say “Everything’s Bigger in Texas,” so sadly due to our size we just happen to hold a larger proportion of nut jobs than say a smaller state like New Jersey. Also the most obnoxious kid in class is usually the one who receives the most attention, not the well behaved mild mannered child, same applies to adults.
      Austin and the University of Texas at Austin, are very liberal and welcoming places with an open atmosphere to debate different ideals. This group is (pardon my phrase) in the minority on the UT campus and struggles to present a relevant message that applies to the student body. Most of the time they just parrot Fox news or whatever their conservative parents believe without offering any arguments relevant to their own generation. One thing is for sure though, there are nut jobs in every state and every country! That’s how humanity is!

  • Naysayer

    Next month will be disrupt a gay wedding event…

  • Cubanon

    “Illegal Immigrants are not citizens, thus they can’t vote!

  • ReadMore

    As stupid as that comment is, you must be scheduled for a Fox & Friends guest spot soon. Is that you Sarah?

  • Jo Clark

    Nothing conservatives do surprises me any more. They are gutter trash. What surprises me is that UT Austin allows this to continue. What are they thinking?

  • John

    They should catch themselves since they’re the anchor babies of the original illegal immigrant, the European colonist.

  • John

    Pot meet kettle, anchor baby. Your ancestors came here without papers and stole the land from the Native Americans.

    • brownp51

      Mother African would be pretty full.

  • Steve Goetz

    MSNBC reported this morning that the administration says it will suspend anyone caught playing this game and possibly kick their asses out for good. Personally, I’d start with kicking them out

  • Cap

    I think it would be more challenging to play “find a native Texan”

  • liz

    I know this is wrong to hope for, but I hope this goes down the same way the prison experiments at Stanford did, so they can see what happens when you take away someone’s identity as human and give them a dehumanized status.