Just days after releasing a statement on the current U.S. immigration policy, country legend Willie Nelson has another message for President Donald Trump.
In a statement shared on the Twitter account of Annie Nelson, Willie’s wife, the native Texan asked the President to take a trip with him to one of the border detention centers where children of immigrants are being held.
Hey Donald this is @WillieNelson Let’s go down to a border detention center together to better understand what’s happening down there?!
Let’s talk! @PaulBegala @RepBetoORourke @SenFeinstein @maddow @RepAdamSchiff @tedlieu @SpeakerRyan @SenateMajLdr @maddow
— 🌊Happy Blue Year 2018 🌊 🌈 (@BioAnnie1) June 19, 2018
According to the Austin American-Statesman, Nelson’s publicist confirmed that the message was written by Willie himself. Nelson also tagged political representatives and members of the media, including Paul Ryan, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Barack Obama.
The tweet comes just days after the 85-year-old released a formal statement criticizing Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy.
“What’s going on at our southern border is outrageous,” Nelson said in a statement, which was first reported by Rolling Stone Country. “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.”
The Trump administration’s new immigration policy was launched in May. When parents and guardians are brought into custody at the U.S.-Mexican border, their accompanying children are now being brought to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Although images of these facilities are limited, official photos of the Border Patrol’s Central Processing Station in McAllen, Texas show children being kept behind chain-link fences with Mylar blankets and mattresses on the floor.
Buzzfeed reports that “nearly 2,000 children were separated from their parents in the first six weeks of President Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, according to statistics released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).”
So far, President Trump has not responded publicly to Nelson’s request.