It was your typical government office: drab, hung with numerous informational papers, there was a small television on the wall that played CNN with a sign saying not to touch it or change the channel, The waiting room chairs all faced away from the lady in the window, warnings about what can and cannot be done, carried on your person, or brought to the office also hung on the wall. Most were unremarkable in english and only slightly more interesting in Spanish, especially since I tried to speak Spanish to Cora using the words on the signs.
One sign stood out. It was a banner. It was red, white, and, get this, blue with a flag. It said something about Homeland Security, and Citizenship and Imigration Services. That all made sense. At the bottom of this very pleasing 2 foot by 3 foot government office banner were three words. The first was Respect. I thought, yeah, that's good in an agency that works with people of all races. The second word was Integrity. Yeah, I thought to myself, that's another good one. It was the last word that gave me pause...Ingenuity. Ingenuity. That means they are good at making shit work. One further would assume this means they are good at making things they already have work better...If they are so ingenius, why don't they make fingerprints last forever? How about not hiding the fingerprint machine in something akin to Fort Knox? (Who came into the office with a machine gun that caused them to put up SO much security? Who came in with dynamite strapped to them and demanded to have a green card? Why SO MUCH SECURITY?) How about making the damned original document cost $2 instead of nearly $1000? Ingenuity...huh. I think, to quote Inigo Montoya, that word does not mean what they think it means.