One by one she cracks her knuckles. First one hand. Then the other. The noise sounds like frozen carrots breaking.
Crack. Crack. Crack.
Twenty-two-year-old Noemi Romero, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, cracks her knuckles whenever she gets nervous, a habit she’s had since childhood. Her hands sweat and she cracks away.
She cracked them when Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies raided an Asian supermarket in Maryvale last year while she was working there as a cashier