Debate Erupts Over Romo's "I Just Look Illegal" Shirt

Giants closer Sergio Romo got political.

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    Sergio Romo wears an "I Just Look Illegal" T-shirt in the Giants Victory Parade. Oct. 31, 2012

    San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo made a political statement during his team's World Series Championship parade on Wednesday. Or at least his T-shirt did.

    Romo sported a blue T-shirt that proclaimed "I Just Look Illegal," a move that has sparked debate. 
    Some support the tongue-in-cheek message his shirt espoused - there's even a "Drop the I-Word" campaign, where advocates say that people shouldn't be called "illegals."
    Others were more critical, wondering if the message was appropriate, and they didn't like that such a big sports star would use a parade as a platform to grandstand about politics.
    At least in San Jose, Zelica Rodriguez-Deans of Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network, liked his message. The only thing she would have liked better was that he use the word "undocumented," instead of illegal. 
    Romo, from Brawley in Imperial County, about 30 miles north of the Mexican border, has worn his Mexican-American heritage with pride before, according to multiple reports. In the past, he's worn a shirt that said "Made in the USA with Parts From Mexico," the newspaper reported.
    Romo did not mention the shirt in his remarks at the podium in front of City Hall on Wednesday. Not directly, anyway.
    "Look at the diversity," he said, looking out over the crowd. "The different faces from different places, the different strokes."
    "We all had one, how do you say, dream," he said. "You should be proud. ... I am very proud."
    The shirt is now a hot item on eBay and other online retailers.

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