Having migrated from its original home on the Rio Grande, a steel government sign rested two thousand miles to the north. It was a small white sign with black letters, which announced “U.S. Border.” The sign was placed along the colorful fence of the Black Cat Café in
Seattle, and there it retained something of its original meaning. On one side, land administered by the United States of America, on the other, the sign implied, a space beyond the reach of the
American state: an autonomous region.