by Mary Tuma
YCT Chairman Lorenzo Garcia said the event was not meant to promote intolerance, rather to “spark a campus-wide discussion about the issue of illegal immigration and how if affects our everyday lives,” in a statement. Instead, the event sparked a well-attended counter protest, condemnation from UT President Bill Powers (for violating the school’s honor code), U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) and the Texas Democratic Party, among others. The overwhelming reaction compelled YCT to cancel the event.
If the Boneheaded-ness of planning an ‘illegal’ immigrant hunt itself wasn’t enough, the wanna-be Chris Hanson of undocumented immigrants appeared inexplicably flabbergasted at the criticism:
A counter rally was held to protest the YCT undocumented immigrant sting at The University of Texas at Austin. Photo via Facebook Events.
“I have been shocked at the uproar over the event’s premise and at the personal attacks against me,” said Garcia in a statement following the cancellation. “[
]The reactions of some who claim the YCT is creating a demeaning or degrading environment on campus have been truly disgraceful.”
Is it really a surprise that after suggesting ‘catching’ human beings for money at one of the largest public universities in the nation you just may get a little pushback?
And if you’re thinking, maybe it’s a just a one-time overdramatized misunderstanding of some sort, think again. YCT has a long history of staging exclusionary (see also: borderline racist, homophobic) events. In September, the group hosted an ‘Affirmative Action Bake Sale,’ where they sought to prove affirmative action is “reverse discrimination” by charging the highest prices to white customers and successively lower prices to minorities. (Real thing that happened.)
YCT also claims credit for a ‘traditional values center’ legislative amendment, which would have required universities with state-funded “gender and sexuality” (LGBT) centers to spend an equal amount of state money on “family and traditional values” centers. Former YCT senior vice chairman at the time, said, “[t]raditional family values, nuclear families are what is normal and what is right. Homosexuality is outside what is normal and what is right.”