Commonly known as ICE, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement works to monitor the level of illegal migration to the United States. They also are in charge of at least 40% of deportation of innocent, non-criminal immigration violators. At times, the children of these immigrants are born in the United States. As US citizens, ICE cannot deport them without violating their rights, resulting in the separation of families. This poem speaks of a young child whose mother was deported by ICE and the yearning of wanting to know where the mother is. The mix of English and Spanish reinforces the struggle between balancing an American culture while also keeping primarily Latin American based roots.
First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience:
1, Article 10.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/fgv/vol5/iss1/10