UT Austin’s Response to YCT Decision to Cancel Event

Nov. 19, 2013

Statement from The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin honors the right of free speech for all students. We welcome the Young Conservatives of Texas' decision to cancel Wednesday's event and look forward to the group being part of a thoughtful campus discussion about immigration.

For more information, contact: University Communications, Office of the President, 512 471 3151.

11 Comments to "UT Austin’s Response to YCT Decision to Cancel Event"

1.  rudy melendez said on Nov. 19, 2013

Common sense prevails...
"The eyes of texas are upon you"
Honored to be a longhorn

2.  Charles Grande said on Nov. 19, 2013

"...forgive them, for they know not what they do"

Thank goodness this was cancelled, hopefully I won't have to hear much about them trying to defend their absurd event, they probably wouldn't even understand the not so subtle shades of racism they were showing off.

3.  Gerry Wooley said on Nov. 19, 2013

Very disappointed with the Young Conservatives of Texas. They should stand by their principles regardless who doesn't like it. It was a good and right thing to do to bring attention to the major problem of illegal immigration. If we conservatives wont stand against it, who will?

4.  lori zarate said on Nov. 19, 2013

I'm glad to hear the "event" was cancelled. My students and I were horrified to think that such an event, in an environment of forefront thinkers and world leaders, would even have been thought of. Indeed...The FUTURE Eyes of Texas are upon you.

5.  Andrew Kahl said on Nov. 19, 2013

Did nobody tell the Young Conservatives of Texas that they fired an opening salvo of the American fascism?

6.  Bill said on Nov. 19, 2013

In response to Lori Zarate: How is it that a certain kind of idea is so bad that it is morally forbidden "even to [think] of" it? A university should encourage the most wild ideas possible, if for no other reason than to play the role of Devil's Advocate.

7.  Bill said on Nov. 20, 2013

It's unfortunate that a small group of so-called "conservative christians" can give both Christianity and UT a bad name! They must have forgotten all they learned in Sunday School.

8.  Kathy Grace said on Nov. 20, 2013

Kudos to President Powers, VP Vincent, and the Faculty Council for condemning this event.

I can't imagine why anyone would want to shame fellow students who are working hard to attain a college education despite their immigration status. How forward-thinking of these YCTs to have chosen to be born to U.S. citizens!

I will proudly wear the button I was given on the West Mall a few weeks ago--the one that says "I support undocumented Longhorns."

9.  cynthia Navarro said on Nov. 20, 2013

I am so grateful the YCT cancelled this event . As a retired site base teacher supporting AVID we are constantly trying to talk hispanic students into going to college.Many of them have immigration issues and feel like people don't want them in college.This was such a slap in the face of everything we try to do.Thanks

10.  colonel sanders said on Nov. 21, 2013

The university should do a cost benefit study on illegal immigrates. Do the benefits of employing them at a lower labor cost outweigh the costs of the services they consume on the taxpayers dime. Before then illegals shouldn't be able to take spots from Texans whose parents paid taxes their entire life.

Also on a side note it is illegal, it is a crime to not obtain legal passage into the United States. My grandfather was sent back to Ireland 4 times prior to gaining his right to enter the US. Why is it different today?
The answer is the democrats are very smart and have allowed this to occur in hopes of gaining 20 million more votes.

11.  Luke Jackson said on Nov. 22, 2013

Regardless of one's views on immigration, the reality is that the voices of the YCT were shut down. A minority perspective was silenced because it did not conform to the politically correct position. Freedom of speech means nothing if only non-offensive speech is allowed.