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Illustration by Mark DancyDear Mexican,
Why do Mexicans park their cars on the front lawn?
Where do you want us to park them, MENSO? The garage we rent out to a family of five? The backyard where we put up our recently immigrated cousins in tool-shacks-cum-homes? The street with the red curbs recently approved by city planners? The driveway covered with construction materials for the latest expansion of la casa? The nearby school parking lot frequented by cholos on the prowl for a new radio? MENSO, the lawn is the onlyspot Mexicans can park their cars without fear of break-ins, drunken crashes or an unfortunate keying. Besides, what do you think protects us from drive-bys? The cops?
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