Horrible thing for today: How to catch an “illegal”

A taco shop in South Carolina has employees wearing a t-shirt that says, “how to catch an illegal immigrant” with a picture of some taco’s under a trap. It get’s worse–they defended themselves,

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

via Gawker.

Unfortunately or fortunately, these are just some racists that are wearing a crappy racist, xenophobic and misguided t-shirt. The thousands of people that are harassed, racially profiled, picked up by I.C.E., living in fear, separated from their families, sometimes tortured in holding cells or forced to give birth in shackles–well, that, just happens to be government mandated. If ONLY the “government would look the other way,” we wouldn’t be faced with the worst set of human rights violations we’ll deal with as a generation. But, yeah, whatever–wear your t-shirt–what a bunch of jokesters!


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  • http://feministing.com/members/ruthieoo/ Ruth Osorio

    Ugh. This dehumanizing image perfectly embodies the problem with the anti-immigration movement. The people who oppose immigration reform focus on numbers, taxes, and resources, and by doing so, they neglect to recognize the humanity of immigrants. Immigrants are not numbers; they’re people! The “exploiting the American system” argument ignores the fact that immigrants are mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters with dreams and basic human needs.

    • rachelblog

      Moreover what’s amazing about this was the comment, “in support of their illegal activities.” As if every undocumented immigrant has nothing but disdain for the law. ugh. The vast majority of undocumented folks are not only law abiding to an extreme (as many live in fear to simply make the commute to work), but they are also PAYING TAXES WITH NO BENEFIT TO THEMSELVES! Ignorance like this makes me angry.

  • http://feministing.com/members/blueeyes90/ blueeyes90

    This shirt makes the stuff my parents say about immigrants sound tame.