Madonna, Katy Perry, Pink & More Get Real About Trump's Child Detention Policy: 'Keep the Kids, Deport the Racists'


Despite a reversal by the Trump administration on Wednesday (June 20) over its widely reviled child detention policy, many artists took to Twitter on World Refugee Day to express their anger over the separation thousands immigrant families at the U.S. border. The detention the children as part the administration's “zero tolerance” policy had drawn widespread condemnation from a bipartisan group congress members, as well as former First Ladies, the United Nations, child welfare advocates and many members the clergy.

Trump initially said he was unable to reverse the policy, the latest falsehood spread by the administration, which blamed the unpopular actions on non-existent U.S. laws, phantom court rulings and the intransigence rival Democrats, whom they erroneously claimed forced them to detain more than 2,000 children away from their parents at border crossings inside temporary facilities around the nation.

But after growing anger and outrage at the images weeping children forced from their mother's arms and pictures prison-like camps, Trump bowed to pressure on Wednesday and signed an executive order that the White House says will keep families together regarding those crossing the into the U.S. illegally.

With more than 2,300 children being detained at last count — some behind chain-link fences in cages that have been compared to Holocaust-like concentration camps — a number artists spoke out in the strongest possible terms on Wednesday's World Refugee Day to condemn the practice and encourage Americans to raise their voices.

One the most blunt commentaries came from Madonna, who posted the simple message “Keep the Kids, Deport the Racists,” along with the viral hashtag #keepfamiliestogether. P!nk took a more global approach by reminding her followers that “the scale the child refugee crisis is staggering. This #WorldRefugeeDay, children forced from their homes need our help now more than ever.” 

Katy Perry's message was plain and simple, appealing to the one common human trait we all share. “Never forget, everyone was once a child.” But perhaps T.I. summed up the feeling so many people had when Trump patted himself on the back and said “you're going to have a lot happy people” when he signed Wednesday's order fixing the political and humanitarian nightmare his own making. “Ain't nobody finna priase your Goy ass for undoing what you shouldn't have done in da first place,” he wrote alongside an image a man giving the finger to Trump Tower.

Miley Cyrus posted a statement from the ACLU praising the intense pressure that forced Trump's hand. “Kids should not have been separated from their parents in the first place and they still don't belong in jail,” the organization wrote. “His alleged solution to a crisis his own making is many months too late.”

But perhaps the strongest advocate for the children and the backlash against the policy was on-hiatus Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui, who has used her platform to speak out on everything from gun violence to immigrant issues over the past year. In addition to alerting her followers to what they can do to help the families who are being separated, Jauregui also pointed out that the fix to Trump's problem is almost as toxic as the original.

“On top the fact that now the families can be detained together INDEFINITELY. We need to wake the fuck up. This is fascist America and it's been happening for longer than we even think,” she tweeted in reaction to activist Shaun King's revulsion at First Daughter Ivanka Trump's much-mocked tweet thanking her father for taking “critical action” to end the original policy. She went on to dub the current administration “blatant fascists,” asking when those in power will “stop playing political games with INNOCENT lives,” noting that this administration isn't the only one complicit in the painfully marginalizing policies the past.

If you're interested in assisting the families impacted by the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” immigration policies, you can check out charities including RAICES Texas, Kids In Need Defense (KIND) and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, all which provide legal services, representation and other resources to immigrants, refugees, unaccompanied children and separated families.

See the artists' tweets below.