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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 February 2007, 17:21 GMT
Anger over NY 'immigration game'
Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park in New York is the venue for the game
A Republican student group in New York has sparked claims of racism by organising a game called "Find the Illegal Immigrant".

Students will act as immigration officers in Thursday's game and try to find a student in a crowd designated with a badge as the illegal immigrant.

The game has sparked protests from other students with hundreds planning to demonstrate against it.

The New York University College Republican club denied it was racist.

It says the game is intended to raise awareness on immigration issues in the United States.

The winner of the game will take home a gift certificate.


The game is scheduled for New York's Washington Square Park.

College Republican campaign chairman David Laska told the New York Daily News: "Is it politically correct? No. But is it racist? Absolutely not.

"You have to do something like this to get people's attention."

College Republican President Sarah Chambers added: "Just because we don't want illegal immigrants being able to completely disregard the laws of our country doesn't make us racist."

The Daily News said up to 600 students were expected to protest.

One message on the website where details of the game were given read: "Let's not be lazy; instead, let's be just as organised as they are and bring out as many protesters as possible. Bring banners, voice boxes, picket signs."

Illegal immigration has remained a key issue at all levels of society.

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