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Are this Mexican Restaurant's 'Illegal Immigrant' T-shirts Offensive?

Are the T-shirts that Taco Cid employees in West Columbia are wearing racist or witty? Tell us what you think.

A Mexican restaurant in West Columbia, is under fire after a photo of one of its employees—wearing what some people say is a racist T-shirt—circulated the Internet over the weekend.

The photo, tweeted Sunday by Free Times reporter Corey Hutchins, shows the shirt, which reads "How to Catch an Illegal Immigrant" in white, red and green—the colors of the Mexican flag. Under the text, there's a picture of a trap with a taco as bait. The restaurant's address and contact information are listed below the image. 

All employees at the restaurant can wear the T-shirts if they want, according to the Taco Cid website, but management does not force the employees to wear the shirts. The shirts are also on sale in the store. 

After the story gained national attention early this week, Taco Cid updated its website with a response to the controversy.

"Our T-shirts were created as a witty and comical statement regarding ILLEGAL immigrants," the statement reads. "There are NO racial nor hate remarks towards any specific ethnic group. We serve EVERY individual with the same quality of service, and respect in a friendly and welcoming manner."

"As most tax paying Americans, we do believe ILLEGAL immigrants are burdening the system we support and live under, thereby, causing us to work harder and pay higher taxes to support the illegal activities, which our government has simply chosen to look the other way," the statement continues. "Is it 'racist' to disagree with those who are not supporting the American system?"

Owner Leanne Snelgrove told WIS that she and her family saw a similar shirt during a trip to Key West and picked up the idea, but never meant to target a specific nationality. 

"We want everyone to know that illegal immigrants could be of all nationalities, so unfortunately, we just used the taco because we own a Mexican restaurant," Snelgrove told WIS. "It's nothing racial; it's nothing against nationalities."

What do you think? Are the T-shirts offensive and racist or are they witty and comical? Tell us in the comments section below!

D. Porter January 14, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Who cares if it's offensive or not? You payasos sure are sensitive. Comrade Obama has not yet mandated that everything should be politically correct and a crime to offend illegal aliens (criminals). I've never heard of an Irishman complain about Irish jokes.
D. Porter January 14, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Say I.Mari.... like the U.S., Mexico is home to many races. Look at Carlos Slim (Lebanese), and what about all those white anchors on Telemundo and Univision... yet Mexicans are the first to cry "racist" when Americans demand their illegals be deported. Explain that one....
Verna Seivert January 21, 2013 at 06:25 AM
@CG, so you think anyone who wants to stop criminals is racist? You people need to get separate words for legal and illegal, cause you can't tell the difference. People who are desperate enough to come here illegally, are desperate in many other ways as well. They even prey on each other. They will break the law, as shown by them coming here, and have no conscience about doing what ever it takes to get what they think they need, as also evidence by breaking into this country.
Verna Seivert January 21, 2013 at 06:28 AM
You are way off Ruben. There are SO many people in this country that have no problem with legal Mexican immigrants. They only have a problem with desperate criminals who break into this country. Even some legal Mexican immigrants, don't want illegals here. How do you explain that? Well, they know the difference between legal and illegal.That is over your head, I guess. To claim that someone is racist, because they don't want criminals here, is just avoiding the facts.
Darryl Kinney February 19, 2013 at 05:46 PM
FEDS USE ILLEGALS AND WANT TO KEEP THEIR BUDGETS I THINK NOT, FBI AND RACIST FROM GREAT LAKES MILITARY BASE LED FROM THE FEDERAL COURTS IN ILLINOIS FOR TRYING TO GUARANTEE THEIR WHITE SETUPS, BUT I PUT A SETUP OF MY OWN INTO PLAY AND GUESS WHO IS WINNING, NOT THE KKK OR I MEAN FBI, AND CERTAINLY NOT THE HOSTAGE THREATENING MILITARY FROM GREAT LAKES NAVY BASE IL. WWW.DJUSTICEOFONE.WORDPRESS.COM

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