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."
The actresses came with the nonprofit advocacy groups Families Belong Together and Harness. "These families need our help," tweeted Sanchez.