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Updated Jan 9, 2013 - 1:57 pm

South Carolina restaurant under fire for 'racist' uniforms

A Taco Cid employee wears the shirt in question. (Corey Hutchins/Twitter)

A South Carolina Mexican restaurant is in hot water after its employees donned offensive uniforms.

According to NBC Latino, employees at Taco Cid worn shirts that depicted tacos in a simple trap "How to catch an illegal immigrant."

"Of course it's offensive, it's meant to be," says Lisa Navarette, advisor to the president at the National Council of La Raza. "This is simply a failing business trolling for attention. We would recommend people not patronize this place. Sure, because of this insult but really due to the fact that a restaurant this clueless about the Latino community can't possibly make a decent taco."

Taco Cid posted the following statement on its website in response to criticism.

"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. Taco Cid and its employees are not racists," the statement continued. "As most tax paying Americans, we do believe ILLEGAL immigrants are taxing the system we support and live under, thereby, causing us to work harder and pay more taxes in support of their illegal activities which our government has simply chosen to look the other way. Is it racist to disagree with those who are not supporting the American system?"

A local pastor criticized the shirt saying South Carolina "is a very racist state."

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