Why We’re Fighting For a World Without ICE

Anabel Mendoza Press Releases

For Immediate Release
Contact: José Alonso Muñoz | jose@unitedwedream.org | 202.810.0746

Washington D.C.– In a recent storytelling series about the violence of policing and incarceration by Kaepernick Publishing, United We Dream’s very own Cristina Jiménez Moreta and Cynthia Garcia, authored an essay about UWD’s mission to abolish ICE.

The essay, titled “The Fight to Melt ICE,” describes how immigrant communities’ lived experiences of pain, trauma and abuse at the hands of ICE ultimately led to the movement to abolish the agency and fight for a future where the safety, health and wellbeing of immigrants are a priority. As Cristina and Cynthia describe, the movement to abolish ICE is inherently intertwined with the movement to abolish enforcement and incarceration at all levels, as police, ICE and CBP work together to target Black and Brown immigrants.

We’ve included a short excerpt from the essay, which you can read in full as part of the Abolition for the People series:

“Our history and the present moment have shown us that the risk of harm, detention, and deportation will always exist wherever police and federal law enforcement do. Our vision is for all people in this country, regardless of immigration status, to be able to live freely, with full dignity, and thrive. To get there, we must unite in the larger struggle against white supremacy and racism, which are rooted in interlocking systems of policing, mass incarceration, and immigration enforcement that, by design, target and further dehumanize immigrants, especially people of color.”


United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.