A planned “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game at the University of Texas is sparking outrage from Texas Democrats.

The Young Conservatives of Texas, whose chairman is a former Greg Abbott staffer, is hosting the event on Wednesday. People wearing “illegal immigrant” signs on their clothes are planning to walk around the UT campus. Students who “catch” them will receive a $25 gift card.

YCT Chairman Lorenzo Garcia says the purpose of the event is to “spark a campus-wide discussion about the issue of illegal immigration and how it affects our everyday lives.”

Garcia no longer works with the Abbott campaign. However, that did not stop Democrats from using the event to criticize the GOP frontrunner in the governor’s race.

The Lone Star project released this statement:

“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. ” 

Here’s what Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa had to say:

“Greg Abbott has already put fear into the hearts of hardworking college students in Texas, through his refusal to take a real position on the Texas DREAM Act. While Abbott has said he doesn’t support the DREAM Act as it is, he refuses to say what he would change and if he supports it at all. And now one of his staffers is organizing theatrical arrests on campaign. Our young and promising DREAM Act scholars already live in enough fear of Abbott, without his staff also forcing them to watch mock arrests.

This is an incredible shame. Greg Abbott owes Texas DREAM Act scholars an apology, and he must come out and immediately denounce Wednesday’s event. This style of hatred and fear is not the type of leadership Texas deserves.”

The YCT has been criticized in the past for similar events, including an “affirmative action bake sale,” where students are charged different prices based on their ethnicity.