Posted on February 1, 2005

Latinos Criticize UNT over Demonstration

Josh Baugh, Denton Record-Chronicle (Texas), Feb. 1

DENTON — Scores of Latino students from the University of North Texas lambasted their school Monday for allowing a political demonstration that they say amounted to hate speech and called for more stringent restrictions in the campus’ several “free speech” zones.

Latino students and organizations from UNT and other area universities, along with several representatives from the League of United Latin American Citizens gathered to discuss “Capture an Illegal Immigrant Day,” held Wednesday by UNT’s chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas.


Several students said in the meeting that UNT’s dean of students shouldn’t have allowed the conservative group access to the free-speech zone because of the harmful nature of its demonstration, in which members of the Young Conservatives wore bright orange shirts that read “Illegal Immigrant” on the front and “Catch me if U can” on the back. Passers-by could check in at the group’s table, receive a badge and go find those wearing the shirts