Some see ‘Illegal Pete’s’ name as offensive but others just see burritos

Article CAIRCO note: 
CIRC wants name changed. From article: "Turner explains the name has nothing to do with illegal immigration. It’s actually a tribute to his late father"
Article author: 
Liz Gelardi
Article publisher: 
7 News
Article date: 
June 1, 2019
Article category: 
Colorado News
Medium
Article Body: 

Pete Turner was 20 years into his business when someone questioned the name of his restaurant for the first time. At the time, he was getting ready to open a store in Ft. Collins when there was pushback about the name “Illegal Pete’s.” ...

Turner explains the name has nothing to do with illegal immigration. It’s actually a tribute to his late father, who was terminally ill when he helped him open a 600-square-foot burrito shop in Boulder. His first Illegal Pete’s opened in 1995 and his father passed away two years later ...

Turner said his dad was a smart guy with a rebellious streak, so that’s how he decided on the name Illegal Pete’s.

Fast forward to this year, when Turner tried to incorporate his business in Delaware in an attempt to attract larger investors. The name came up again. Turner filed a lawsuit against the state of Delaware in April because he said they would not let him use the name “Illegal Pete’s.”....

The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition* disagrees and would like to see the restaurant change its name. The group believes the use of the word is dehumanizing and damaging to the community ...

CAIRCO Notes

* We would suggest that the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition change their name to Colorado Illegal Alien Rights Coalition, which might be more fitting.

Terminology history and usage: alien and illegal alien