Kumail Nanjiani, Gina Rodriguez, Chrissy Teigen, Bill Clinton, and more stars and politicians are using their social media platforms to publicly denounce the government-sanctioned separation of immigrant parents from their children at the Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, Texas.
“Immigrants are people who uproot their entire existence in search of better lives for themselves and their families,” Nanjiani tweeted. “They just want what everybody wants. #IAmAnImmigrant.”
Teigen — who is known for speaking out against the Trump administration and Republican policies — also tweeted a statement on behalf of herself and her husband, John Legend, on the president’s birthday, calling the separation policy “cruel, anti-family” and “against everything we believe this country should represent.” Teigen announced that she and Legend donated $72,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union in response, encouraging her followers to do the same.
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 14, 2018
“Jane the Virgin” star Rodriguez, who has been a vocal advocate for the undocumented community, joined the outcry as well, calling for Americans to support immigrant families. Rodriguez is currently developing a new series at CBS centered on immigrants.
“Children fleeing violence and unrest don’t deserve to be ripped from their families,” the actress wrote. “They have come knocking on America’s door asking for a safe haven and they deserve better.”
She added in a later tweet, “If we can’t imagine our own children being torn from our arms, how can we allow our government to use their powers to rip apart immigrant families? We must stand up for these families.”
Other public figures who have taken to social media to comment on the controversy include Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Alyssa Milano, Ava Duvernay, Bill Clinton, and Judd Apatow, who called out the Murdoch family and Fox News as “part of this torturing of children.” Read more reactions below.
The MURDOCH family is part of this torturing of children. They own the propaganda machine. Fox stars and show runners should speak up! Journalists and athletes should speak up! Maybe their executives should speak up! @SethMacFarlane can’t be the only one with a conscience. https://t.co/gmXSfJUROb
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) June 18, 2018
If EVERY Fox Star and show runner said this policy was evil and protested to the Murdoch family it would make a huge difference in this national debate. https://t.co/9Jo0ktbFPT
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) June 18, 2018
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) June 18, 2018
I don’t care what your politics are, we can’t be a country that separates children from their parents. Do something about this, here. https://t.co/0ozLcxxmxC
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 18, 2018
This is a thread for folks who want to quote the Bible and are not white nationalists using scripture to advance your racist agenda. I’ll start: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." – Matthew 19:13-14 https://t.co/pWxJN34m4Q
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 15, 2018
MAKE THEM PUBLIC: Demand the @whitehouse make public each-and-every one of the 100 federal camps separating children and families. And let our elected officials inside. From NY to CA; From the Dakotas, to the border of Texas. The fight for humanity is on.
This is not America.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 18, 2018
On this Father’s Day I’m thinking of the thousands of children separated from their parents at the border. These children should not be a negotiating tool. And reuniting them with their families would reaffirm America’s belief in & support for all parents who love their children.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) June 17, 2018
"It was a simple decision…" – Stephen Miller
"The children will be taken care of – put into foster care or whatever…" – John Kelly
“…God has ordained (Government) for the purpose of order.” – Sessions
It’s "The Democrats." – Herod https://t.co/ZVqqiMLKjj
— Jeffrey Vote Out This Gameshow Clown Wright (@jfreewright) June 16, 2018
this little girl is the same age as my daughter. luna is the happiest thing. the funniest girl. and she is absolutely terrified to look around and realize she is too far away from us, even for seconds. the fear she would feel here fills me with rage and sadness. pic.twitter.com/riSV8ADRFe
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 16, 2018