Hollywood stars are stepping up to help migrant children, using both their voice and wallets.
George Clooney, Natalie Portman and Gigi Hadid are among those taking action and encouraging others to do the same in wake of disturbing stories coming from the U.S.-Mexico border, Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy has resulted in agents separating children (even babies) from parents when sending those attempting to cross the border to detainment centers.
There was no shortage of outrage flowing from Hollywood and beyond on Twitter this week as media scrutiny of the internment camps intensified, and on Wednesday, those raging against the Trump administration saw some improvement. The president signed an executive order to end family separation -- but said the "zero-tolerance" prosecution policy will continue, so we imagine this issue is far from over.
Natalie Portman Partners with MoveOn and the National Domestic Workers Alliance
The actress collaborated with the alliance to launch a MoveOn petition which is being heavily circulated on social media. So far, over 394,000 people have signed off on Portman's simple message to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.
"Stop tearing children away from their parents," the petition reads. "Hundreds of other families have been torn apart since the Trump administration enacted this brutal new policy. This shockingly cruel, traumatic, and inhumane practice has no place in our country. It must be stopped immediately, and without holding these children hostage to pass other anti-immigrant policies."
Gina Rodriguez and Kumail Nanjiani are among the petition's supporters.
MoveOn is also hosting Families Below Together protests all across the United States to rally against Trump's policy on June 30. You can sign up for an event near you here. We expect a big celebrity turn out in Los Angeles and New York.
The Clooneys Drop Six Figures on Immigrant Children
Power couple George and Amal Clooney are using their success to help the migrant children. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Clooneys donated $100,000 to the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights.
"At some point in the future our children will ask us: 'Is it true, did our country really take babies from their parents and put them in detention centers?' And when we answer yes, they'll ask us what we did about it. What we said. Where we stood," the Clooneys said in a statement. "We can't change this administration's policy but we can help defend the victims of it."
Supermodel Gigi Hadid, actress Priyanka Chopra and Alyssa Milano are among those in Hollywood teaming up with UNICEF to spread word about its emergency relief program that not only benefits children at the U.S. border, but all around the world.
"13 Reasons Why" star Dylan Minnette, Mindy Kaling, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend chose to support the American Civil Liberties Union's efforts to stop the separation of children and families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
please please take 10 seconds and go sign this @ACLU petition to stop the inhumane separation of children from their parents in immigration detention. https://t.co/TEkhPyoG2b also, you can donate if you can. anything can help.
She updated her followers a few days later to share more good news about their little fundraiser.
You didn't think your $7.20 would be much. Some of you gave $72 you barely had. In just two days, you guys donated over $1,000,000 to the @ACLU. Over 20,000 of you donated. You. Did. That. I am so grateful, so happy, so humbled and hopeful to live amongst you wonderful beings.
The writers' rooms of shows such as "Jane the Virgin," "One Day at a Time," and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" are among a large group of television writing teams that have teamed up to end family separation at the border by donating to RAICES. Refugee And Immigrant Center For Education and Legal Services is a "nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas."
Rachel Bloom posted the full list of TV series that are joining in to her Twitter.
1) Call your reps at (202) 224-3121- tell them to END the separation of families at the border (ask your Senators to pass the Keep Families Together Act and your House Rep to pass the HELP Separated Children Act).