Congrats to Anti-Racist Parent columnist Jason Sperber! He appeared on the well-regarded Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC yesterday to discuss the controversy surrounding Toys R Us’s first baby contest. You can listen or download an MP3.
In case you ‘re not familiar with the story, Toys R Us initially denied a $25,000 prize to a baby because her mother wasn’t a legal U.S. resident. The company later reversed the decision after the public outcry.
Apparently, there’s a deli across the street from New York City’s Citizenship and Immigration Services headquarters that has begun selling a sandwich by that name:
The “Illegal” — Sausalito turkey, Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and a jalapeño-ﬁ red guacamole spread — is not on the menu above but is advertised from its sign in the display case, which also shows a man going through a barbed wire fence.
They’ve been making it for about six months, according to Roberto Agapito, the soup-ladling, cutlet-cutting, potato-chip-scooping Mexican mastermind behind the creation.
If you order an Illegal in Spanish at the Civic, the inevitable ensues.
Customer: “I’ll have an Illegal, please.”
Worker (pointing to guy next to him): “Here’s one.”
Laughter all around.
Agapito, who has been in the United States for 12 years, said he created it to honor the experiences of many of his fellow Latino immigrants.