Immigrant Youth Launch Digital Billboards in Texas and Florida to Counter Voter Suppression Efforts Around Mail-In Voting

Anabel Mendoza Press Releases

Washington D.C. – Today, United We Dream launched 14 digital billboards in counties across Texas and Florida to promote the safety of voting by mail. The billboards, which read in both English and Spanish, can be seen through November 3 in Cameron County, Hidalgo County and Laredo in Texas, along with regions in South Florida. Adrian Reyna, Director of Strategy …

Why We’re Fighting For a World Without ICE

Anabel Mendoza Press Releases

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 …

When We Listen to Directly Impacted Immigrants, We Learn Why ‘Fixing’ ICE is Not Enough

Anabel Mendoza Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – Last week, in response to a Boston Globe op-ed that called for the reform of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), immigrant youth of United We Dream (UWD) moved quickly to respond. We wrote a “letter to the editor” explaining why reform is not enough and abolishing ICE is the only solution. After a week of no response …

United We Dream’s Home Is Here Videos Selected as Finalist for a Social Movement Shorty Award

Anabel Mendoza Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – Today, United We Dream was selected as a finalist for the fifth annual Shorty Social Good Awards for our Home Is Here video series. The series, which highlights the voices of undocumented youth, was the first-of-its-kind multi-media amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court as part of the broader Home Is Here campaign, a partnership of over …

Defund Hate: Immigrant Communities Face Constant Risk of Family Separation and Deportation Under ICE & CBP. We Must Divest From These Agencies Immediately.

Anabel Mendoza Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – A recent draft report from the Justice Department’s inspector general revealed that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were “a driving force” in separating immigrant families under Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy. The watchdog report said that the former Justice Department officials advised U.S. attorneys along the border to intentionally separate children, some …

Even With COVID-19 and Changes to DACA, DACA Recipients Are Civically Engaged Ahead of the Elections, New Survey Reveals

Jose Munoz Press Releases

Washington, D.C.— As the November elections draw near, DACA recipients continue to be hopeful, and are increasing their civic engagement  – with 94.4 percent planning to encourage family and friends to vote – to fight back despite the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fear of losing their status following recent DHS policy changes. These are the main results …

Immigrant Youth Condemn Senate Committee’s Move to Advance Confirmation of Chad Wolf as DHS Secretary

Jose Munoz Press Releases

Wolf has overseen a series of racist attacks against immigrants, including forced sterilizations of immigrants in ICE facilities and efforts to dismantle DACA Washington, D.C. – Today, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 6-3 to advance the confirmation of Acting Secretary Chad Wolf as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Following today’s committee hearing, Wolf’s nomination …

Over 130 Organizations Demand Senators Pause SCOTUS Confirmation Until After Presidential Inauguration

Bruna Bouhid Press Releases

A Supreme Court vacancy has left the rights and protections for immigrants and other marginalized communities in threat. Washington, D.C. – Today, over 130 organizations, led by United We Dream and the UndocuBlack Network, sent a joint letter to the Senate, demanding the chamber wait until after the presidential inauguration to confirm a new Supreme Court justice. Shortly after the …

We Honor You, Justice Ginsburg, Rest In Power

Jose Munoz Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – In response to the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, earlier today, Greisa Martinez Rosas, Executive Director of United We Dream, said: “We lost a powerful ally in the fight for justice today. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a fierce trailblazer in the fight for women’s equality and a champion for justice. I …

Immigrant Youth Denounce Gov. DeSantis’ Expansion of Racist 287(g) Collaboration in Florida

Jose Munoz Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) announced the implementation of an agreement to partner and cooperate with ICE through the 287(g) program, a dangerous and voluntary arrangement that subjects people of color to racial profiling, discrimination and physical harm at the hands of local law enforcement.  The program allows the federal government to deputize state/local police …