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Simón says: The 2010 Census is an inconvenient truth

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Now that it’s cooled off, we like to hang around the park in our central Phoenix Garfield neighborhood and toss out topics to jaw about while soaking up the sun and enjoying the breezes.

Rising prices. Oh, yeah.

D-Backs and Sun Devils, both big chokes this year. Go figure.

Gusano mentioned that he’d heard the Census was coming again, in 2010. Heard they had a new slogan especially for the immigrants. Laughs. “Trusted Voices, Trusted Faces,” he says.

After the whooping died down, all of us turned to Simón to see what he had to say.

You see, Simón (pronounced See-MON) is a landscaper. He’s from Mexico. And he doesn’t have his working papers.

“Well, Simón, you gonna trust ‘em?” asks Daniel, a Black dude.

Simón just smiles. Or at least his lips bend that way, but his eyes tell a different story.

“The gringos are funny. They have a strange way of playing with the truth,” Simón says.

Amen. Got that right. Say again, bro.

He tugs his Sedona red D-Backs cap tighter.

“They say they passed a law to protect us from coyotes, then used the law to arrest us for smuggling ourselves and our families. The police for a long time say trust us, we’ll protect you, then later say, things have changed. Now when we stop you we have to ask if you are here illegally. For gringos, it seems truth is for whenever it is convenient for them. And their truth changes from one day to the next. It’s like being back in Mexico. That is all I know. The truth is, it will be very hard for me to trust them. We may be poor, but we are not stupid.”

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