Selena Gomez is outraged over the treatment of hundreds of migrant children being held at U.S. Border Patrol facilities along the southern border.
The Texas-born singer made a call to action on Instagram Saturday (June 29), encouraging fans to speak out about the “absolutely inhumane” treatment of migrant children being separated from their families and forced to live in cages created by metal fencing.
“Kids in cages! Sleeping on concrete floors with aluminum blankets! No access to simple dignities! How is this still happening???” she wrote in the post.
“It’s absolutely inhumane to treat anyone like this let alone children. I can’t even imagine what they are going through. We need to get this to finally stop! Don’t stay silent on this human rights issue- please call your reps 202.224.3121 #CloseTheCamps #FamilesBelongTogether.”
The phone number provided by Gomez is to the United States Capitol switchboard, whose operator directs callers to the Senate office of their choice.
Gomez isn’t the only pop star voicing concern about the ongoing immigration issues at the U.S.-Mexico border. Backstage at the BET Awards on June 23, Rihanna spoke to The Root about standing up for what’s right. “I think in any situation where something is as devastating as what’s happening in America right now with the immigrants, you have to be as loud as you can,” she said.
Last week, Mexico deployed 15,000 soldiers along the U.S. border in an attempt to reduce the number of migrants traveling to the country.