Stopped in Eden

I went through Eden, Texas yesterday. Yeah, really there is an Eden, Texas.

About 25 years ago, shortly after they built a detention center for illegal aliens. Most were Mexicans who were trying to make a living and were caught. They would stay in Eden until the courts processed them and they got a one way ticket back to Mexico.

While they were there, an American nutritionist created a meal plan that didn’t include Mexican food. After weeks of angry negotiation, they protested. Federal authorities were flown in from Washington, D.C. including trained crisis negotiators.

When the Feds got set up, the negotiator called into the compound with a bullhorn. He asked what demands the prisoners had.

The reply came in a sterotypical bandito voice, “They won’t give us no stinkin tamales.”

The negotiator turned to the warden who turned to the chief officer who turned to the nutritionist, who said, “They have a balanced diet.”

They got their tamales,  and the protest was over.

There are stories everywhere.

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