November 20, 2013

‘Catch an Illegal Immigrant’ Counter-Protest Takes Cornell Arts Quad

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By AIMEE CHO

Wearing white shirts that said “Undocumented” on the front and “No human being is illegal” on the back, a rotating group of about 10 protestors stood on the Arts Quad in support of undocumented students Wednesday. It was the same day a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game was originally supposed to be organized by the Young Conservatives of Texas at the University of Texas at Austin.

The organization had planned to give students who chased and caught YCT members who were designated “illegal immigrants” $25-reward cards. Although the game was cancelled early Tuesday morning after it drew widespread condemnation, the demonstration at Cornell went on as planned to show solidarity with the millions of undocumented immigrants who live in the U.S.

The Cornell protestors expressed their disgust with the YCT, saying the “game” it had planned was distasteful.

(Dylan Clemens / Sun Staff Photographer)

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