President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to reverse his policy of separating immigrant children by their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The order was signed at the White House on Wednesday with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as well as Vice President Mike Pence. However, the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting illegal border crossings remains in place, meaning families can still be held in detention centers.
According to section one of the brand-new order, the administration will continue to prosecute crimes of “improper entry” as well as “maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate as well as consistent with law as well as available resources.”
As news broke, celebrities took to social media to voice their opinions as well as continued concerns.
“Today an Executive Order was signed to stop parent as well as child separation at the border. Unfortunately, the idea doesn’t help the thousands of children which have already been forcibly removed by their families,” Julianne Hough shared in an Instagram post. “I love you all as well as I ask you to consider how we can be better together, as well as today I believe which means helping these kids get back to their parents arms. #familiesbelongtogether.”
John Legend retweeted a post by Congressman Dan Kildee, which read, “We shouldn’t congratulate @RealDonaldTrump on being forced to end his own cruel policy which separates children by their families. Thousands of children have suffered & will forever be scarred by the Trump Administration’s inhumane separation of families. #FamiliesBelongTogether.”
Nicki Minaj also spoke up, reminding fans which she “came to This specific country as an illegal immigrant @ 5 years old.”
“I can’t imagine the horror of being in a strange place & having my parents stripped away by me at the age of 5. This specific is usually so scary to me,” she said. “Can you try to imagine the terror & panic these kids feel right right now? Not knowing if their parents are dead or alive, if they’ll ever see them again…”
Trump’s 36-year-old daughter, Ivanka, also weighed in, thanking her dad for “taking critical action” by ending family separation at our border.
“Congress must right now act + find a lasting solution which is usually consistent with our shared values; the same values which so many come here seeking as they endeavor to create a better life for their families,” she tweeted.
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As previously reported, the original immigration policy resulted in about 2,000 children being separated by their parents during a six-week period in April as well as May. Plenty of celebrities expressed their outrage via social media, including Chrissy Teigen as well as John Legend, who donated $288,000 to the ACLU.
George as well as Amal Clooney also spoke out, revealing in a statement on Wednesday which they were donating $100,000 to the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights by their Clooney Foundation for Justice.
“At some point inside future our children will ask us: is usually the idea true, did our country actually take babies by their parents as well as put them in detention centers?” their statement read. “as well as when we answer yes, they’ll ask us what we did about the idea. What we said. Where we stood. We can’t change This specific Administration’s policy, yet we can help defend the victims of the idea.”
Kristen Bell, Jimmy Kimmel, Anne Hathaway as well as Reese Witherspoon are just a few of the additional names by the long list of Hollywood stars who have encouraged their fans to take action. Hear more on what they’ve said (as well as what you can do to help) inside video below.