“Superstore” star America Ferrera, “Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda and R&B star Alicia Keys were among the big-name stars who joined the thousands of protesters who gathered on Saturday to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policy
In dozens of cities across the country, protesters gathered at various “Families Belong Together” marches to protest the administration’s zero-tolerance policy to detain and separate unauthorized migrant parents from their children attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I am here not only as a brand new mother, as the proud child of Honduran immigrants and not only an American who sees it as her duty to be here defending justice,” Ferrera said at the gathering in Washington D.C. “I am here as a human being with a beating heart, who can feel pain, who understands compassion and who can easily imagine what it must feel like to struggle the way families are struggling right now.”
“This fight does not belong to one group of people, one color of people, one race of people, one gender — it belongs to all of us. What makes humans remarkable is our capacity to imagine. We have an imagination, let’s use it,” she said.
America Ferrera reads a letter from a grandfather fighting to sponsor his granddaughter: "I want you to imagine that this is your child, that you are this grandfather." (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/Dk0wlGPMjD
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 30, 2018
Keys also delivered a speech at the rally, accompanied by her 7-year-old son. “Our democracy is at stake. Our humanity is at stake. We are out here to save the soul of our nation,” she said.
Miranda sang a lullaby rendition of the “Hamilton” song “Dear Theodosia,” which he dedicated to the children who were separated from their parents and detained after crossing into the U.S.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is singing a lullaby for children separated from their parents pic.twitter.com/csctFNjR5T
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) June 30, 2018
Other Hollywood notables who showed up in marches across the country included “Big Little Lies” star Laura Dern, “Orange Is the New Black’s” Diane Guerrero and Alysia Reiner, Kerry Washington, Amy Schumer, Padma Lakshmi and Chrissy Teigen.
— Kerry O'Malley (@TheKerryOMalley) June 30, 2018
WATCH: Actress @dianeguerrero__ took the stage Saturday at D.C.’s #FamiliesBelongTogether rally to share her own experience of family separation and demand change for the children being "irreversibly damaged" at the border. https://t.co/8pa8893VAT pic.twitter.com/5sizytvHZt
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) June 30, 2018
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) June 30, 2018
There are 600+ #FamiliesBelongTogether events happening TOMORROW. I’ll be speaking and introducing @johnlegend in downtown LA. Text BELONG to 97779 to join. Find an event near you this weekend: https://t.co/j7ifhy0e1c #FreeFamilies
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 30, 2018