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Mavericks Lead Singer Raul Malo Calls Trump’s Immigration Policy ‘Reprehensible and Immoral’

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 07: Musician Raul Malo performs during Skyville Live on April 7, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for Skyville)

Raul Malo, the lead singer of The Mavericks, recently spoke out on the Trump administration’s immigration policy and enforcements on the U.S.-Mexico border that have separated immigrant children from their parents.

On Wednesday (June 20) Malo shared his personal story on Instagram and condemned the administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy.

I AM the son of immigrants. My parents gave me life because this country offered them hope. They were given a chance…an opportunity that my family used to full advantage. My parents have seen their grandchildren graduate high school. They’ve seen their daughter graduate college. They’ve seen their son build a life around a dream that can only happen here. The country they came to did not separate children from parents and put them in cages. The country they came to did not treat them as “rapists” or “gang” members. This is reprehensible and immoral. Not to mention completely unnecessary. This is deliberate. Deeming this policy even crueler. We should all be outraged. I will NOT be quiet about this. I AM the son of immigrants. The last picture is my family. They are all children and grandchildren of immigrants. @msnbc @lastwordmsnbc #immigration #immigrants #family #america #policy #enoughisenough

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“I am the son of immigrants. My parents gave me life because this country offered them hope. They were given a chance…an opportunity that my family used to full advantage,” Malo wrote. “My parents have seen their grandchildren graduate high school. They’ve seen their daughter graduate college. They’ve seen their son build a life around a dream that can only happen here.”

Malo addressed the policy that has separated over 2,000 immigrant children from their parents. He also criticized how Trump has characterized immigrants, many who’ve traveled to the U.S. seeking asylum. In his post, Malo shared several photos of his own family.

“The country they came to did not separate children from parents and put them in cages,” Malo continued. “The country they came to did not treat them as ‘rapists’ or ‘gang’ members. This is reprehensible and immoral. Not to mention completely unnecessary. This is deliberate. Deeming this policy even crueler. We should all be outraged. I will NOT be quiet about this. I AM the son of immigrants. The last picture is my family. They are all children and grandchildren of immigrants.”

Read More: Willie Nelson Asks President Trump to ‘Go Down to a Border Detention Center’ With Him

On June 20, Trump signed an executive order that may end the separation of families. The new order will continue to prosecute everyone who enters the U.S. illegally. There are currently no plans to reunite families who have already been separated.

Last week, Willie Nelson spoke out on the current administration’s immigration policy, calling it “outrageous.”

“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,” Nelson said in a statement first reported by Rolling Stone Country.

Days later, Nelson released another statement through the Twitter account of his wife, asking the president to join him on a trip to a border detention center where children of immigrants are being held.

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Mavericks Lead Singer Raul Malo Calls Trump’s Immigration Policy ‘Reprehensible and Immoral’