Thursday, January 27, 2005

Thank You...Can We Have Our Name Back, Please?

Today's Dallas Morning News (registration required) brings us the lovely story of the latest antics of the Young Conservatives of Texas. Already famous for their affirmative action bake sale at Southern Methodist University, they decided to hold "Capture an Illegal Immigrant Day" on the campus of the University of North Texas on Wednesday.

The university's chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas held "Capture an Illegal Immigrant Day" on campus to call for tougher enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Some members of the group wore orange shirts that said "Illegal Immigrant" on the front and "Catch me if U can" on the back.

Anyone could check in, receive a badge, search for "illegal immigrants" and receive literature and a reward – a 100 Grand candy bar.


Nobody here is going to argue that illegal immigration is not illegal, or that it isn't a problem with which Americans should be and are concerned, but this is NOT the way to draw attention to the problem. In fact, this is one of the stupidest stunts I have ever seen pulled to make a point, and believe me, that's bad coming from a gay man.

Kids, here's your lesson for the day. If you want to debate a subject, debate. Gather your information, formulate an opinion, ask for feedback, and modify it accordingly. Don't go around making a game out of it, or worse, like you did, giving the impression that you encourage vigilante justice and unwarranted suspicion against Hispanics.

In the meantime, until further notice, by what little power is vested in me, I hereby declare you no longer authorized to use the word "conservative" in any of your titles or literature. Begone, and for God's sake, grow up.

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