ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: Latino-focused businesses take heat (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Washington - When Pizza Patron, a Dallas-based restaurant chain, decided to accept Mexican pesos, it created a promotional campaign featuring the Mexican flag and the slogan “Bienvenido Paisano,” or “Welcome Countryman.”

It also created an outcry.

Hosts of conservative talk radio shows and opponents of illegal immigration seized on the story, creating a buzz and major backlash.

The restaurant received hundreds of e-mails and calls a day accusing it of abetting illegal immigration and being anti-American. There were even death threats, said Andrew Gamm, the company’s director of brand development.

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