More than 600 Families Belong Together rallies are taking place across the country on Saturday as thousands of people protest against the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policies—and Chrissy Teigen went to speak at one with baby Luna. Several celebrities, including Selena Gomez, Ava DuVernay, and Alyssa Milano also took to Twitter ahead of the demonstrations to show their support and encourage others to make their voices heard.
Organizers announced the Families Belong Together marches as a way to urge the Trump administration to reunite families and end family separation and detention at the border. In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero tolerance” policy that meant any migrants apprehended at the border would be treated as criminals and sent to prison, even if they were traveling with children. The move resulted in thousands of kids being separated from their families.
Donald Trump signed an executive order to end family separations released a plan for reuniting parents and children, but activists have pointed out that there are still more than 2,000 children being held away from their parents. Additionally, the administration has signaled its new policy may be to detain families together indefinitely. The marches have called for quicker unifications, as well as an end to the zero-tolerance policy and family detentions.
On Saturday afternoon, Teigen posted a photo of her with baby Luna at a rally. “baby’s first rally. #keepfamiliestogether,” she captioned the photo.
On Friday, she posted that she’d be speaking at the L.A. rally and introducing John Legend.
On social media, other celebrities shared their plans to participate in the Families Belong Together movement and urged people to get involved. “Families seeking safety in our country need protection, understanding and opportunity, not detention. This is a moral choice, not a political one. #keepfamiliestogether #june30,” Selena Gomez shared. Meanwhile, America Ferrera shared a photo of her husband and baby, writing, “‘I would want people to fight for my family. It’s that simple.’ – protestor in Milwaukee Tomorrow, June 30th, there are marches all over the nation to Keep Families Together & Free. I’ll be marching in DC. Find a march near you at http://Familiesbelongtogether.org #familiesbelongtogether.”
Several celebrities, including Lena Dunham and Sia, rallied on the border last weekend as part of an effort organized by Voto Latino. Dunham posted a photo of the demonstration on Instagram, writing, “We came to Tornillo, Texas, to show our solidarity with the families who have been separated, the children who are alone, the parents who are grieving, and the undocumented Americans who are losing more than I can fathom.” At another rally on June 28, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Susan Sarandon were among hundreds arrested after demonstrating in D.C.