'Illegal Alien' costume called offensive

LOS ANGELES 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 an e-mail to the Minneapolis-based retailer Friday calling the costume "distasteful, mean-spirited, and ignorant of social stigmas and current debate on immigration reform."

The costume is featured on Target's and other Web sites.

Target spokesman Joshua Thomas says the company is removing the costume from the site after receiving several complaints.

He says the store never intended to sell the outfit but included it in its online offerings by mistake.

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