'How to Catch an Illegal Immigrant' t-shirt sparks outrage

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'How to Catch an Illegal Immigrant' t-shirt sparks outrage

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The t-shirt pictures a pair of tacos underneath a wooden trap with the phrase "How to Catch an Illegal Immigrant" The t-shirt pictures a pair of tacos underneath a wooden trap with the phrase "How to Catch an Illegal Immigrant"
The image posted on Twitter that went viral. The image posted on Twitter that went viral.

WEST COLUMBIA, SC -The photo of a t-shirt worn by an employee of the South Carolina Mexican restaurant "Taco Cid", has sparked accusations of racism.

The t-shirt pictures a pair of tacos underneath a wooden trap with the phrase "How to Catch an Illegal Immigrant"

The photo appeared on Twitter when it was posted by an employee who works at the South Carolina restaurant. The backlash online prompted the store's owner to post a response on the restaurant's website.

"Our T-shirts were created as a witty and comical statement regarding ILLEGAL immigrants. There are NO racial nor hate remarks towards any specific ethnic group," said the statement that has since been removed from their website.

The current statement on their website goes on to say:

"As income tax paying Americans, we believe ILLEGAL immigrants are burdening the system we support and live under. This cause us, and all citizens and legal immigrants, to work harder and pay higher taxes to support the illegal activities which our government has turned a blind eye towards. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, is heading up immigration reform. The driving force behind reform is the estimated trillions in revenue to be collected from the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. At the same time, we support the immigration reform so that everyone will pay their fair share in taxes and be protected equally by the U.S. Constitution and state laws."

The owner of the restaurant Leanne Snelgrove says she got the idea of the shirt after a trip to Florida. "We actually ran across 'How to Catch an Illegal Immigrant', and we just spun off of that, put our name on it, and printed them up," said Snelgrove. "We've been wearing them for two months, but apparently, it's just now hit national."

Snelgrove says her business has gotten a lot of negative comments online, including phone calls and bomb threats.

"I'm not for illegal immigrants," said Snelgrove. "I'm not a racist." Snelgrove's only Hispanic co-worker, Riley says she's not offended by the t-shirt, but she didn't want to releases a stamen about the issue.

Tito Hill-Guebara, a pastor at a church near to this restaurant that has sparked controversy online believes the shirts are ridiculous. He says the t-shirt is disrespectful and perpetuates an unnecessary stereotype about Hispanics. "This is the time where we should be one nation under God. Be united," said Hill-Guebara.

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