'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Game Grabs National Attention

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The Young Conservatives of Texas group at the University of Texas at Austin is sparking up controversy once again.

According to Fox News Latino, YCT is holding a game on campus on Wednesday called "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" where participants will walk around with a sign that says "illegal immigrant" on their clothing.

Those who capture one of these "illegal immigrants" will be awarded with a $25 gift card. Members of YCT say the purpose of this game is to “spread awareness and to spark a political discussion about the issue."

“There have been times in the past that we’ve held events, and the turnout was low and the press coverage was nonexistent,” Lorenzo Garcia, YCT chairman, told Fox News Latino. "We learned from the bake sale, which made national news, that doing something like this is the best way to get out a message.”

But some students were less than pleased. "This is horrible! As an undocumented immigrant myself I feel disgusted. There are many ways of starting this conversation, but this is definitively not the right one,” wrote Erika Andiola on YCT's Facebook page.

“The response has been almost entirely negative,” Garcia said. “But it’s mostly the far left – the Texas Democratic Party, for example, so we’re not too worried about swaying their opinion. Generally people are too sensitive, too afraid of not being politically correct.”

Earlier this year, YCT held an affirmative action bake sale which didn't sit well with too many, including the university's administration.

UPDATE: Following much criticism and angry responses, BuzzFeed reports that YCT's Chairman has decided to cancel his planned "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game.

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