After a day of criticism and anger directed at him, Lorenzo Garcia, the chairman of the Young Conservatives of Texas, decided to cancel his planned "catch an illegal immigrant" game at the University of Texas.
Garcia released a statement saying his calculation changed after the university forcefully denounced the event for violating the 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.