America Ferrera led a delegation of actresses to a migrant camp on the Mexican border over the weekend to spotlight the plight of asylum seekers desperate to enter the United States.
"Let me be clear, it is legal to seek asylum," said Kerry Washington. "We must protect those human rights."
Ferrera and Washington were joined by Eva Longoria and Roselyn Sanchez on the visit to a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, where they talked with immigration lawyers and families waiting for a chance to receive asylum in America.
Many of the migrants had traveled with their children from Central America, trying to escape violence and persecution in their homeland, they told the group.
"It is easy for me to look at these human beings and see myself," Ferrera told The Associated Press on Sunday. "This could very easily have been my reality in this lifetime," said the actress whose family is from Honduras.
The Trump administration allows only a small number of asylum applications to be processed daily. Those seeking the designation must wait on the Mexican side of the border during a procedure that can take months or years.
"We were able to bear witness to how the current administration is treating refugees," Washington posted on her Instagram account. We MUST demand better."
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Let me be clear: It is legal to seek asylum. When people cross our borders, their human rights come with them. We must protect those human rights because as Fannie Lou Hamer said: Nobody's free until everybody's free. Today I went to Tijuana, Mexico with @fams2gether & @iwillharness (and some other familiar faces 😍) to see, FIRSTHAND, how asylum seekers are being treated. It was an eye opening & heart breaking experience. We were able to bear witness to how the current administration is treating refugee families. We MUST demand better. @fam2gether is doing GOD’S work!!! They are working tirelessly to protect and reunite all families at the border because this has to stop! NO MORE. No more traumatizing children, no more separating families, no more subjecting refugees to inhumane conditions. Not on our watch. Not with our tax paying dollars. Wanna know what you can do? Donate to @Fams2gether to fight for human rights. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/belong. #SupportingFamilies #HarnesBeyondBorders 📷: @ari.mejorado
The actresses came with the nonprofit advocacy groups Families Belong Together and Harness. "These families need our help," tweeted Sanchez.
I had an eye opening experience in Tijuana yesterday. These families need our help. Please join me in donating to @fams2gether so they can continue to support families at the border during this critical time.#SupportingFamilies #HarnessBeyondBorders https://t.co/NX1JaJ8CO5 pic.twitter.com/fALLmuQKgW— Roselyn Sanchez (@Roselyn_Sanchez) March 10, 2019