You have to be careful what you bring into a federal courthouse these days. I had my tiny two-inch pen knife on my keychain taken away from me once when I tried to enter DeConcini Federal Court House in Tucson where Operation Streamline is held. The daily fast-track criminal prosecution of migrants began in Tucson in 2008. Green Valley Samaritans attend twice a week as part of our keeping watch outreach.
Recently Samaritan Sara agreed to take seven dozen raw eggs to the monastery asylum shelter in Tucson on her way to Operation Streamline. Road construction delayed her 30 minutes, so rather than leave 84 eggs in a hot car for two hours, she decided to take the eggs into the courthouse. She says she had no trouble getting through security despite jokes about being an “egg lady.” The staff obviously thought there was no danger of guns being brought in via eggs.
While waiting on the second floor with her eggs, however, Sara was surprised to have a young man in uniform rush up to her yelling, “No eggs in the courthouse!” As if she were trying to pull a fast one, he added, “ I know your story, so don’t bother telling it to me.”
Sara left with her dangerous eggs and drove them to the monastery missing Operation Streamline that day. When she arrived at the courthouse the next week, Sara said security personnel showed no signs of recognizing the “egg lady.” She said she had thought of bringing one hard boiled egg to place in the security tray to go through the scanner, but thought better of it. One doesn’t want to play around with dangerous eggs.
- Gail Frank