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Lone Star Project Report

Abbott Backer Promotes "Catch An Illegal Immigrant" Game

Former Abbott Field Rep. offers prizes for participants

Comments by Lone Star Project Director, Matt Angle

“The very notion of a catch an illegal immigrant game is repulsive on its face and illustrates the hostile attitude Greg Abbott holds towards Hispanic Texans.”

“Greg Abbott is playing games with Texas Hispanic voters, saying he wants their votes when in reality, Greg Abbott tolerates, embraces and promotes policies and tactics that denigrate Hispanics and divide Texans one against another.”

An individual who formerly served as a Greg Abbott campaign field representative has sent out a press release promoting a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game” on the University of Texas campus.  The press release states “There will be several people walking around the UT campus with the label "illegal immigrant" on their clothing. Any UT student who catches one of these "illegal immigrants" and brings them back to our table will receive a $25 gift card.”

The “game” at the University of Texas Campus goes far beyond a display of bad taste or insensitivity.  It reflects Greg Abbott’s open hostility to Hispanic Texans.  As State Attorney General, Greg Abbott played the lead role in advising the Texas Legislature to adopt redistricting plans that intentionally discriminated against Hispanic and other Texas minority voters.  He has spent millions of dollars in Texas taxpayer money to defend the discriminatory plans and to argue that key US Voting Rights Act provisions designed to protect minority voters against discrimination be overturned.  Most recently, Abbott has refused to support the bipartisan Dream Act which allows Hispanic students who grew up in Texas to attend Texas colleges and universities as state residents.

The former Abbott staffer, Lorenzo V. Garcia, is the same person who helped promote an equally offensive “affirmative action bake sale” while serving as an Abbott staffer.

In addition to having served as an Abbott staffer, Lorenzo V. Garcia is Chairman of the Young Conservative Texans at the University of Texas.  He previously served as an intern for Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz.  A copy of his “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game” press release along with screen shots confirming his previous work on behalf of Greg Abbott are pasted below.