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Send ICE to Hanford

Send ICE to Hanford

El Dorado,
The city of gold, it’s been told
Was an Incan creation
Designed to consign the Spanish
Chrysophiliacs away
To fall prey to the chasms
and canyons of the Marañón,
and Amazon lowlands, of course
The fever and the legend it engendered
Grew worse, but the basic idea
Was sound: send them off!
Which brings us to ask
If you’ve heard about Hanford, or not
In Washington state
The place is gigantic,
And radioactive, from nuclear waste;
So, let’s start a rumor
For Border Patrol, and ICE,
And all the vigilantes
That thousands of immigrant women
And men are hiding therein
In all those 600 square miles
In the grasses of the river banks
And crouched in empty storage tanks
And that they must find them
No matter how long it should take

Elliot Sperber is a writer, attorney, and adjunct professor. He lives in New York City and can be reached at elliot.sperber@gmail.com and on twitter @elliot_sperber

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