A host of Hollywood stars including Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chadwick Boseman and Amy ASchumer have come together to read an emotional letter written by a woman named Mirian who had her son taken away from her under President Donald Trumps immigration policy.
In the four-minute video, shared by the American Civil Liberties UNION (ACLU) but not created by the organisation, the celebrities read the letter which aims to shed light on the issues facing women and children who attempt to cross the border.
On February 20, 2018, my son and I crossed the international bridge in Brownsville, Texas, and presented ourselves to U.S. immigration officers, she wrote.
The US immigration officers then told me that they were taking my son from me. They said he would be going to one place and I would be going to another. I asked why the officers were separating my son from me. They did not provide any reason.
She then adds: I had no idea that I would be separated from my child for seeking help.
In the letter many of the stars can be seen getting emotional and wiping away tears as they read the words that Mirian chose as part of her declaration seeking asylum from Hondurus; she revealed that she was seeking protection after the military tear-gassed our home.
In June, Trump signed an executive order ending family separations at the US-Mexico border after a public uproar over the impact of his administrations zero tolerance immigration policy.
The plan would keep families together in federal custody while awaiting prosecution for illegal border crossings, potentially violating a 1997 court settlement limiting the duration of child detentions.
Trump had tried to defend his immigration crackdown, but images and audio of young children in tears, held in chain-link pens, set off an international outcry.