Dear ICE

by Adriana Garcia


I’ve known of your existence
from the time I was 4 years old.
You were always told to me
like a scary story, something
from a dark fairy tale. But one day
you came for us. You knocked
on the front door and put my father
in shackles. When I saw you, I knew
the monsters were real. You dislocated
my family for years, and I still think
of you daily. One question I always
have for you: How can you
live with yourself?

YMCA Oasis Daylight Center
July 2017

Students had been reading work about immigration issues, including works written by the Migrant Leaders Club in Mount Vernon.