Boy, whatta buncha maroons, I thought, and chalked it up to public education. But then I remembered a conversation I had with a Border Patrol agent who I may or may not be related to, and who may or may not have received the same education from the same person that I did. Here's a rough recreation of that conversation:
“It’s. . . how is that the same?!”
“Roma are Romanians. Got it.”
“No! They have the same sound! That’s all! Romanians are from the country called
Romania! Roma live all throughout Europe!”
“But they’re from Romania.”
“Well—yeah, some Roma live in Romania, but that’s coincidence! Most of them aren't from Romania. Was THIS guy from Romania?”
"Yeah, I told you. He was Roma."
“So was the guy a Romanian Roma, or just Romanian, or just Roma?”
I'm a little worried about where that person got deported to, given that this is the same country that deported a non-Hispanic, non-Spanish-speaking 14-year-old US citizen to Colombia because she made up a fake identity when arrested for shoplifting. So good luck to all those migrants out there, and if you've got family in Atlanta, then for God's sake don't tell the Border Patrol that you're trying to reach your sister in Georgia. Who knows where you'll end up.
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