As an adopted El Pasoan I suffer from a nagging headache: Austin’s indifference. Solution: El Paso secedes from Texas and takes up with New Mexico. Instantly it becomes that state’s largest city, perhaps even the capital. The result: Kids won’t grow up with an inferiority complex and will learn to speak Spanish and English fluently in one sentence, o como quieran. Gorditas de chile verde will replace fajitas as the state’s dish. ¡Híjole! We might even get our own professional football team or be booted back to the Lone Star State.

Corchado is the Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News.

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