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Friday 23 August 2019

Camila Cabello calls for US to ‘close the camps’ at country’s southern border

The singer was born in Cuba before moving to America as a child.

Camila Cabello has condemned the US’s immigration policies (Ian West/PA)
Camila Cabello has condemned the US’s immigration policies (Ian West/PA)

By Keiran Southern, PA Los Angeles Correspondent

Camila Cabello has called on the US government to “close the camps” as she became the latest celebrity to speak out against the country’s immigration policies.

Donald Trump’s administration is coming under increasing pressure following weeks of reports about the “squalid” conditions migrants are being kept in at the southern border.

Prominent Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared the holding facilities to concentration camps, with detainees often left without access to showers, toothbrushes or beds.

Mr Trump has continually defended his immigration policies and on Wednesday tweeted: “If Illegal Immigrants are unhappy with the conditions in the quickly built or refitted detentions centers, just tell them not to come. All problems solved!”

Chart-topping pop star Cabello, who was born in Cuba and moved to America as a child, said there is “no way our law system can justify this”.

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This is insane. Imagine any little kid in your family, or any family member you know living in these conditions- going days and days without showering, brushing your teeth, sleeping on cold concrete floors with aluminum foil in a room overcrowded with people. There’s no way our law system can justify this. I’ve been outspoken about immigration and my story, and I don’t understand how someone can justify this cruelty. These people are no different than you. They’re trying to do the right thing for their family just like every person on this planet would. They are fleeing from danger and trying to protect their little ones. They are doing what any person in their position would do. But that doesn’t even matter. It’s irrelevant. What you think about immigration is irrelevant, because this is NOT about politics. It’s not about whether you think immigration is right or wrong. This is about dehumanizing people and treating them like animals. This is about children being dehydrated, getting sick, having fevers, 4 year olds being separated from their parents. Women not being able to have a shower or brush their teeth in weeks. Imagine anybody you know living in conditions like that. This is not about politics. Don’t choose sides, choose children. Choose humanity. #CLOSETHECAMPS #CLOSETHECAMPS #CLOSETHECAMPS

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In a lengthy Instagram post, she said: “This is insane. Imagine any little kid in your family, or any family member you know living in these conditions – going days and days without showering, brushing your teeth, sleeping on cold concrete floors with aluminum foil in a room overcrowded with people.

“There’s no way our law system can justify this. I’ve been outspoken about immigration and my story, and I don’t understand how someone can justify this cruelty.”

Havana singer Cabello, who found fame after appearing on the US XFactor with girl group Fifth Harmony before embarking on a successful solo career, said migrants attempting to cross into the US from Central and South America are “fleeing from danger and trying to protect their little ones”.

“They are doing what any person in their position would do”, she added.

Cabello said the issue was “not about politics”, rather “this is about dehumanising people and treating them like animals”.

She said: “This is not about politics. Don’t choose sides, choose children. Choose humanity.

“#CLOSETHECAMPS#CLOSETHECAMPS#CLOSETHECAMPS.”

The Grammy-nominated star is the latest celebrity to condemn the US’s immigration policies.

Selena Gomez, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway and Alyssa Milano have all spoken out.

Mr Trump added on Wednesday that immigrants held in overcrowded facilities “are living far better now than where they came from, and in far safer conditions”.

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