Bruce Springsteen Among Stars Slamming U.S. Immigration Policy
Bruce Springsteen went off-script Tuesday night during his one-man show on Broadway to denounce the U.S. government’s controversial policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.
“For 146 shows, I have played pretty much the same set every night,” Springsteen reportedly told the audience at the Walter Kerr theatre. “Tonight demands something different.”
The Boss slammed “senior people in government” for claiming they had a duty to break-up families.
Springsteen then performed “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” a 1995 song he wrote based on a character from John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath. Its lyrics include: “Wherever somebody’s fighting for a place to stand / Or a decent job or a helping hand / Wherever somebody’s struggling to be free / Look in their eyes, Ma, and you’ll see me.”
Other music artists, including Common and John Legend, have turned to social media to share their thoughts on U.S. president Donald Trump’s policy.
"I am so sad and feel so helpless about the families being separated,” tweeted Sara Bareilles. “This is beyond inhumane...I am just appalled. I am grateful for those sharing how to engage and help, thank God for you. The idea that there is anyone who believes this is justice is simply heartbreaking.”
Country singer Jennifer Nettles wrote: “I do believe loving people know that regardless of politics, there are some lines you do not cross. Protecting children seems to be one we can all agree on.”
"Despacito" star Luis Fonsi shared on Instagram: "What kind of country are we? This is a complete violation of human rights! I can’t... I can’t see these videos of little kids being pulled apart from their parents. All because their parents wanted a better life for them. I just don’t get it. There has to be a better way."