“What’s going on at our southern border is outrageous,” Nelson told Rolling Stone. “Christians everywhere should be up in arms. What happened to ‘Bring us your tired and weak and we will make them strong?’ This is still the promise land.”
In early May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would separate undocumented children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from their families, even if they are seeking asylum.
The new policy has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of children being separated from families at the border in recent weeks, with the Associated Press reporting on DHS findings that nearly 2,000 children were separated from their parents from April 19 through May 31.
The Trump administration is now erecting a “tent city” in Tornillo, Texas for migrant children.
Democrats have strongly condemned the administration’s policy, which Trump on Friday blamed on Democrats.
The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda. Any Immigration Bill MUST HAVE full funding for the Wall, end Catch & Release, Visa Lottery and Chain, and go to Merit Based Immigration. Go for it! WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2018
The Hill added:
Nelson, who grew up just five hours from the Mexican border, has aimed harsh criticism at Trump. In January, he announced his new album would feature a Trump-inspired song titled, “Delete and Fast-Forward.”
Nelson also has previously advocated for pro-immigration policies. He told Rolling Stone in 2014 that helping immigrant children is “a good opportunity for us to show a little bit of humanitarianism and take care of those kids.”