Posted on October 19, 2009

“Illegal Alien” Halloween Costume Sparks Ire

San Francisco Examiner, October 16, 2009

A Southern California immigrant rights group has asked Target stores and a costume company to stop selling an “illegal alien” Halloween costume it says is offensive to immigrants.

The costume features the mask of an alien with a green card and an orange jumpsuit with “illegal alien” written across the front.

Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, wrote e-mails to Minneapolis-based Target and Wisconsin-based BuySeasons, Inc. Friday calling the costume “distasteful, mean-spirited, and ignorant of social stigmas and current debate on immigration reform.” The group said it also planned to send letters to other companies that are selling the costume.