Willie Nelson is the latest celebrity to speak out against the Trump Administrations “zero-tolerence” Immigration policy, which finds children being separated from their parents as they try and enter the U.S.
According to Rolling Stone, the “On the Road Again” singer issued a statement about the ongoing situation at the southern border.
“What’s going on at our southern border is outrageous,” Willie said in the statement. “Christians everywhere should be up in arms. What happened to ‘Bring us your tired and weak and we will make them strong?’ This is still the promise land.”
Willie has been on top of the child immigration issue for years, growing up in Texas, he spoke out about the issue in 2014.
“The only thing we can do is take care of those kids, whatever it takes,” Willie told Rolling Stone. “They’re scared. They’re being mistreated. And it’s not a good way to start off your life. But it’s a good opportunity for us to show a little bit of humanitarianism and take care of those kids. I know a lot of people want to send them back. I guess the closer you are to the situation, the more extreme emotions you have about it, but it seems to me the old golden rule, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’ or ‘treat other people like you want to be treated’ … Treat those kids like they were your kids.”
In May, the Trump Administration enacted the ‘zero-tolerance” policy to prosecute anyone who tries to cross the border to enter the United States illegally. Since children cannot face prosecution, they are separated from their parents.
According to Vox.com, children separated from their family are officially designated “unaccompanied alien children” by the US government. Under federal law, unaccompanied alien children are sent into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. They’re kept in government facilities, or short-term foster care, for days or weeks while ORR officials try to identify the nearest relative in the US who can take the child in while the immigration case is being resolved.