Willie Nelson: 'Christians should be up in arms' over Trump family separation policy
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Willie Nelson, an outspoken critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Trump believes Kushner relationship with Saudi crown prince a liability: report Christine Blasey Ford to be honored by Palo Alto City Council MORE, is slamming the administration's zero-tolerance policy separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying "Christians everywhere should be up in arms."

"What's going on at our southern border is outrageous," Nelson told Rolling Stone. "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."

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBeto O'Rourke on impeachment: 'There is enough there to proceed' Rosenstein to appear for House interview next week Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure MORE announced in early May that the Department of Homeland Security would separate children illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from the adults accompanying them before those adults are prosecuted. The policy is carried out even if a migrant is seeking asylum. 


It has resulted in a sharp influx of children being separated from families at the border in recent weeks. The Associated Press reported on Friday that nearly 2,000 children were separated from their parents from April 19 through May 31, according to figures obtained from the Department of Homeland Security. 

The overflow of children has also led the administration to begin erecting a "tent city" in Tornillo, Texas, that will hold 450 beds for children. 

Democratic lawmakers have forcefully condemned the policy, which Trump on Friday blamed on Democrats.

Nelson, who grew up just five hours from the Mexican border, has aimed harsh criticism at Trump. In January, he announced his new album would feature a Trump-inspired song titled, “Delete and Fast-Forward." 

Nelson also has previously advocated for pro-immigration policies. He told Rolling Stone in 2014 that helping immigrant children is "a good opportunity for us to show a little bit of humanitarianism and take care of those kids."