John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda and More Stars Denounce Trump's Migrant Children Policy on Father's Day
Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families during a six-week period in April and May as the Trump administration adopted a “zero-tolerance” policy for illegal entry into the United States, TIME reported on Saturday.
After House Speaker Paul Ryan shared a Father’s Day post on Twitter talking about how his life changed when he became a dad, John Legend shot back, “Seriously, f— you. Reunite the families at the border and we can talk about father’s day.”
The tweet came days after Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, announced they were making a $288K donation to the ACLU on President Trump’s birthday to draw attention to the “immigrant families seeking asylum and refuge in America being ripped apart due to the inhumane policies of the Trump administration.”
In response to a statement from First Lady Melania Trump where she said she “hates to see children separated from their families,” Kathy Griffin fired back in a tweet on Sunday. “F— you, Melanie,” she said, spelling Mrs. Trump’s first name wrong. “You know damn well your husband can end this immediately…you feckless complicit piece of s—.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda retweeted a viral photo shared by his father, Luis, of a two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker crying as her mother was searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border last week. Luis said that despite having a great Father’s Day planned with his family, he couldn’t “shake image of this little girl that Trump is traumatizing.”
The Hamilton creator and star replied, “Same boat as you, Pa. Sick to my stomach and heartbroken for our nation this Father’s Day. Love you.”
Reese Witherspoon, Alyssa Milano, Common, Ellen DeGeneres and more celebrities also spoke out against the current conditions.
“Isn’t it the just the best to snuggle your little one — knowing exactly where they are, safe in your arms?” tweeted Patton Oswalt in response, referring to the migrant crisis. “It’s the best. The BEST. Right, Ivanka? Right?”
In her first commentary about President Trump and his administration, former First Lady Laura Bush wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post that was published on Father’s Day and criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
“I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart,” Mrs. Bush wrote.
In another surprising move, current First Lady Melania Trump on Sunday released a statement about her husband’s controversial immigration policy.
“Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families,” her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told PEOPLE.
Grisham added that her boss is calling on Democrats and Republicans to fix the nation’s immigration crisis.
“[She] hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” Grisham said, adding that Mrs. Trump “believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”
The spokeswoman did not immediately respond to follow-up questions from PEOPLE on Monday about what Mrs. Trump is doing to help change her husband’s policy.