Saturday, August 25, 2007
Last spring, UC Davis's College Republicans sparked controversy with an "illegal" immigration "game" in the campus quad. Earlier in the spring similar games sprung at NYU and Boise State. Well it is Back to School time!
As students returned to Wichita State University for the fall semester, the College Republicans invited students to compete in an illegal immigration obstacle course. According to news repports, "participants strapped on fake suicide bombs, jumped over a fence, strapped on a backpack and ran toward a blow-up doll of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, giving her a high-five at the finish." The event was aimed at educating students about a 2004 Kansas law that allows some undocumented immigrant residents to pay the same fees as other Kansas residents.
"I was a little upset and disgusted," says Hector Castania of the student Hispanic organization. Organizers say it was an effective way to get student attention and inform them about what's going on. According to news reports, the Student Activity Council gave the College Republicans approval for the event.
Given what we have seen on immigration from many of the Republican Presidential candidates, it should be no surprise that the College Republicans are seeking to exploit the immigration issue in a similar fashion.