Two organizations folks will never get confused?
How about the Welcome Wagon and the University of Texas chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas.
Earlier this week the student group had planned to hold an event on campus called “Catch an Illegal Immigrant.” Now there’s a catchy title bound to create a ticker tape parade, huh?
Because of a, uh, less than enthusiastic reaction to the proposal from UT students, university bigwigs and even the gubernatorial campaign of state Attorney General Greg Abbott, the group decided to call it off. But I’m thinking the students have been the most outspoken.
“I have been called an Uncle Tom,” wrote Lorenzo V. Garcia, the Young Conservatives’ chapter chairman, in a statement about why his group decided to kill the event. “I have received emails and comments via social media filled with obscenity.”
Good grief. What did he expect? The Nobel Peace Prize?
The mock sting operation would have worked like this: Conservative group members would walk around campus wearing “illegal immigrant” labels. And any UT student who turned in one of these fake illegal immigrants to the group’s table on the West Mall would win a $25 gift card.
So you’ve got a mock sting operation with a real bounty. Classy.
I’m just a concept man here. But wouldn’t it have made more sense to drop the gift card approach and have the pretend border busters deported to College Station?
A new exhibit called “Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, Most Amazing Mammals of All Time” opened Saturday at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Given the extreme nature of this fake sting idea, maybe some of the Young Conservatives of Texas should be part of the show.
Garcia said the purpose of this caper was “to spark a campuswide discussion” on how illegal immigrants affect “our everyday lives.”
Sounds to me as if would be more likely to spark a campuswide shouting match.
And how much do illegal immigrants really affect our everyday lives? I don’t know about you, but hardly a day goes by when I have no idea if I’ve even seen an illegal immigrant.
Jerks, now, I run into plenty of those. A better program for the group to promote? How about a campuswide Catch a Jerk promotion. You UT students, maybe your roommate leaves his underwear on the floor. Turn him in and you’d get a free Longhorn T-shirt. Doesn’t that sound like a lot more fun?
OK, so maybe I’m an old softy. But I can relate to people who come to another country to look for a better life.
When I was a kid, my mother told me that I’m a descendant of William and Dorothy Bradford, who came over on the Mayflower. He was the governor of the Plymouth Colony, and you might remember the boat. It landed at a famous rock.
So what does this mean? It means that if what my mother told me is correct, then my ancestors possibly were America’s first illegal immigrants.