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As A Conservative Hispanic, Explaining 'Catch An Illegal' To My Child

11/26/2013 05:27 pm ET
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Over the din of our family’s morning routine, a news report last week told of a University of Texas political organization’s commissioning an on-campus event called “Catch an Illegal Immigrant.” In this supposed game, the organization would provide $25 gift certificates to its members who located and reported illegal immigrants, roles played by volunteers.

The stated purpose was to bring attention to the complex, often divisive issue of illegal immigration. My daughter innocently asked me, a fourth-generation Texan of Mexican descent, “Papa, what is an illegal?”

The stark nature of her query took me a bit by surprise. For the first time in her young life, my little one was presented with the notion that a fellow human being, maybe even one of her schoolmates, could be referred to simply as an illegal.

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