On a long holiday weekend, we often turn to celebrities’ Twitter and Instagram accounts to escape vicariously to their fabulous beach houses and gourmet barbecues. This weekend, however, some of our go-to sharers are instead calling our attention to the scary plight of the children whom immigration officials have separated from their families at the border. Actors, models, and other famous people have joined their voices with others asking #WhereAretheChildren, referring to the almost 1,500 children the Department of Health and Human Services may have misplaced in the process.
“Are we really such monsters?! Jessica Chastain exclaimed, with a link to an MSNBC story about missing children as young as 18 months old.
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) May 26, 2018
Alyssa Milano called for her followers to take action, writing, “Call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE and ask them #WhereAreTheChildren?”
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
“Wow…this is horrifying and flat out sick,” Zendaya wrote on Saturday, retweeting Shaun King’s post.
Sophia Bush had passionate words about the issue.
“This is disgusting,” the One Tree Hill alum wrote.
This is disgusting. This is a stain on America. This is not who we are.
And given that Trump’s agencies have LOST more than 1,470 CHILDREN since this barbaric practice began, there can be NO EXCUSE made as to what “purpose” this policy serves. Horrific. https://t.co/qq73NGyArL
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) May 25, 2018
Many others used their feeds to shine more light on this news.
“Shameful. Unfathomable. Disgraceful. 1,475 children. Lost. Why isn’t this the biggest news story in America???” Kumail Nanjiani asked.
Shameful. Unfathomable. Disgraceful. 1,475 children. Lost. Why isn’t this the biggest news story in America??? https://t.co/JbK8n1wYcj
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) May 25, 2018
Chrissy Teigen took aim at both the Trump administration’s policy and the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman in one stinging tweet.
If you said “lies” instead of “demonstrable falsehoods” (although I applaud this blend of simultaneous trump ass kissing and Twitter trolling) you could have spelled out both “morning” and “including” – sorry, making the best of character usage is one of my passions. Now I’m out. https://t.co/vdRQGHEBAJ
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 26, 2018
Julianne Moore called for people to sign the ACLU’s petition to stop immigration officials from “abusing immigrant children.”
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
Scott Wagner, the acting assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families (part of the Department of Health and Human Services), reportedly told a Senate subcommittee that between October and December 2017, his department checked on 7,635 unaccompanied children that had been sent to live with sponsors after their parents were detained. The department “was unable to determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,475 children.” Another 28 had run away.
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