Immigration Activists Can't Take Joke; Protest "Illegal Alien" Halloween Costume


I subscribe to an email list-serve for immigration issues. The email thread can -- at times -- be helpful for discovering news bits on legislative concerns, law enforcement initiatives and social matters important to the foreign-born community. 

So when the following email showed up four times in my inbox today, I figured it must be of great urgency and import. That is, until I read the subject line "Illegal Alien" Halloween costume is offensive" and saw the picture (right) attached to the email.

An offensive "illegal alien" costume is being sold at Toys R Us and as well as other stores.
According to these websites, for just $39.99, you can now dress up as an "illegal alien" for Halloween. These stores are selling the costume made up of an orange jumpsuit with the words "illegal alien" written across the chest. The costume even comes with a mask of a space invader with big eyes, and a green card.

The email goes on: 
The extra terrestrial creature perpetuates racism and discrimination in an already hostile environment and during a period of time when the debate on immigration reform is increasingly hateful and divisive.
Please send an e-mail today to Toys-R-Us and and let these corporations know that this is not funny. They used poor judgement in selling this offensive product and should pull it immediately.
use this link:

Dios Mios! What's next? Nurses protesting Halloween costumes because they're too sexy? Somali pirates indignant that buccaneer outfits continue to perpetuate a 17th-century stereotype? Mexican burro farmers outraged with Mexican-burro-farmer costumes

It's Halloween people! It's a joke! Besides, the "illegal alien" outfit seems to poke fun at the very antiquated (and politically incorrect) term "illegal alien." You'd think the United Farmer Workers would see the humor in that. That is, if they could take a joke, which they obviously can't. 

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