"Illegal Alien" costume likely made in Mexico or Central America
Over the weekend, Target stopped selling an "Illegal Alien" costume after Latino groups complained that it was insensitive.
The costume featured a space alien holding a green card in a prison jumpsuit. Lest there be any doubt about the pun, the advertisement made explicit mention of terrestial immigrants.
"He didn't just cross a border, he crossed a galaxy! He's got his green card, but it's from another planet!"
After Target banned the costume, anti-immigration groups took it up as a banner, urging followers to buy and wear the costume on Halloween in a show of free speech.
Just one problem: The nativists likely weren't buying American.
The "Illegal Alien" costumes are distributed by BUYSEASONS inc., a Wisconsin company that bills itself as "the leading online-only retailer of costumes and accessories." Jalem M. Getz, the company's CEO and President, has been named one of the four most successful people in Wisconsin under the age of 40.
BUYSEASONS clammed up shortly after the controversy broke and hasn't returned phone calls. Meanwhile, it has seen brisk sales thanks to the notoriety. The costume sold out everywhere it was still available, and it's selling for two or three times it's original value on eBay.
So who will reap the rewards from this buying spree? Sadly, not the American worker. For most likely, the Illegal Alien costume was not manufactured here. A high-ranking director of the company confirmed as much in an email, when we innocently asked where the costumes originated:
Some of our costumes are made in the USA but many are made overseas, in Mexico and Central America. Why are you inquiring?
I called to specifically ask about the Illegal Alien costume, but by then, the jig was up and the company refused to answer any more questions. Suffice to say, "Illegal Alien" probably wasn't Made in America.
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