Across the US this Saturday, hundreds of thousands of individuals marched in protest, fighting for families that have separated at the border as a part of Trump’s recent immigration policies. There were also plenty of celebrities supporting Keep Families Together rallies both in person and online.
Over the last few years, celebrities have been participating in politics much more often. The recent election cycle has had everyone up in arms, and that includes the country’s rich and famous celebrities supporting Keep Families Together, who came out across the country today to march with everyone else.
Although Trump signed an executive order days ago to keep families together, mostly due to public outcry, the protests have not died down. Reuniting families is extremely slow and painstaking.
In Los Angeles, Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend spoke to the crowd about the importance of immigration and accepting migrant families.
Grammy winner Legend said:
“You can’t just talk about it or tweet about it. You’ve got to do something … I know a lot of us have a strong temptation to just disengage, but we can’t.”
“We can’t do that – I can’t do that – I have to do something.”
Cameras also spotted other celebrities supporting Keep Families Together like Cher, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, Laverne Cox, Rosanna Arquette and Joshua Jackson amongst the crowds.
In New York, Amy Schumer spoke at the forefront of the rally. Joining her was Top Chef host and model Padma Lakshmi. All of them have been incredibly outspoken online and in person, about their own experiences as parents or immigrants. Especially after Melania’s jacket scandal, celebrities have made it a priority to show they DO care.
D.C. Gets Emotional
In Washington DC, Orange is the New Black star, Diane Guerrero gave a tearful speech about her own experiences with immigration. Her parents were deported from the country when she was just 14 years old. She has spoken out on the issue ever since.
Guerrero told the audience her story:
“I would have had a much different story to tell if I had been imprisoned after being separated from my family, without a warm bed and only the cold faces of ICE agents and the crinkly feeling of a Mylar blanket.”
“It is a denial of children’s humanity to say that because they were born in a difficult or a dangerous place at the wrong time that they don’t deserve a second chance. That they shouldn’t ask for refuge. How many more children are we willing to subject to a lifetime of pain? Once my family was taken. I became fully aware that my community matters less to some people, that we are treated differently because of the color of our skin or where our parents were born.”
“We are now in a moment where we can no longer be blind to the blatant disregard of human life. This time the stakes are too visible, too well-documented to be ignored. It has reached you! It has reached all of us and forced us to ask ourselves, ‘What kind of country do we want to be?’ One that violates the rights of children, including the fundamental right to seek asylum? Or do we want to be an America that values children and families and the freedom to be who we are?”
You can see the full speech here:
Singer Alicia Keys was another face at the D.C. protest. She spoke out:
“Our democracy is at stake. Our humanity is at stake. We are out here to save the soul of our nation,”
Celebrities Supporting Keep Families Together Rallies
The effects of the photos of children in detention centers reached all corners across the globe. With over 600 planned marches this Saturday, individuals everywhere have chosen to march and speak out, their voices amplified by the power and reach of singers, actors, and other celebrities. Celebrities supporting Keep Families Together have made their attitude about Trump and his immigration policies clear.