Under the new Trump administration policy, families crossing the U.S. border illegally are being rounded up, resulting in parents being separated indefinitely from their children as young as 18 months old. And Hollywood has something to say about it.
“I don’t understand how anyone could work for @ICEgov. ICE’s policy of separating children from their families under the Trump administration is not only un-American, it’s inhumane. Call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE and ask them #WhereAreTheChildren?” Alyssa Milano wrote.
Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that those crossing the border unlawfully will be prosecuted. “If you’re smuggling a child, then we’re going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law. If you don’t want your child separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally,” he said.
Data that was reviewed by The New York Times in April showed that “approximately 700” children had been taken from adults claiming to be their parents since October 2017, more than 100 of which were under the age of four. That number was confirmed to the NYT in a statement from a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services.
In addition, CNN reported Saturday that the U.S. lost track of 1,500 unaccompanied immigrant children that were placed in the homes of sponsors the last three months of 2017. President Trump’s tweet blaming the Democrats for the policy that results in the separation of parents and children at the border only inflamed the issue.
TheWrap’s request for comment from the Department of Health and Human Services wasn’t immediately returned.
Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there parents once they cross the Border into the U.S. Catch and Release, Lottery and Chain must also go with it and we MUST continue building the WALL! DEMOCRATS ARE PROTECTING MS-13 THUGS.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
“ICE destroying records as it is revealed that ICE ‘lost track’ of 1500 immigrant children that were separated from their mothers. What kind of evil dark s–t is happening in this country? #wherearethechildren,” actor Tim Robbins tweeted Saturday.
“My Saturday suggestion is reading #WhereAreTheChildren news stories. It’s difficult, but necessary. Just a reminder that we never learn from history. Also, the empathy we lack today will be the empathy we never receive when it’s our turn,” wrote Jemele Hill.
Here are a handful of others celebrities who this issue touched deeply.
I don’t understand how anyone could work for @ICEgov. ICE’s policy of separating children from their families under the Trump administration is not only un-American, it’s inhumane.
Call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE and ask them #WhereAreTheChildren?
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 26, 2018
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) May 26, 2018
My Saturday suggestion is reading #WhereAreTheChildren news stories. It’s difficult, but necessary. Just a reminder that we never learn from history. Also, the empathy we lack today will be the empathy we never receive when it’s our turn.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) May 26, 2018
How, if you believe in inalienable right to pursue happiness, can you be okay with border agents separating children from their parents when they come here seeking asylum?
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) May 26, 2018
Do we want our country to use emotional torture for border control? https://t.co/x6eLwsRxeA
— Alan Alda (@alanalda) May 26, 2018
This isn’t easy to read. But if you are an American, it must be read. We can’t look away from this. https://t.co/jwmvUQJbTS
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) May 26, 2018
Jesus Christ. I assumed it’d be a necromancer who plunged us into this nightmare dimension, not a golfer with ADHD. https://t.co/c9t86668KH
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 26, 2018
this cant be who we are becoming https://t.co/Q8RfTdHVO5
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) May 26, 2018
I’m fighting to stop U.S. Customs and Border Protection from abusing immigrant children. Will you join me? https://t.co/UgILrYI6w6
— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) May 26, 2018
Many Trump tweets have enraged me since he took office. This may be the worst. He is flat-out lying about the most cruel and inhumane policy of his presidency.
At least own the policy you miserable coward. https://t.co/AfeSTifBCN
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) May 26, 2018
The Holocaust did not end with people being called subhuman, constantly compared to criminals, put into yellow markers with children torn from the the arms of screaming mothers..
But it did start there.#WhereAreTheChildren
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) May 26, 2018