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Nicki Minaj: ‘I came to this country as an illegal immigrant’

‘I can’t imagine the horror of being in a strange place and having my parents stripped away from me’

The Trump administration’s decision to separate the children of immigrants and asylum seekers from their parents at the US-Mexico border has been met with a loud outcry since reports from detention centres started appearing in the media over the past week or two. Many celebrities have made their voices on the inhumane policy heard, and now Nicki Minaj has joined those condemning it.

“I came to this country as an illegal immigrant at 5 years old,” the rapper, who was born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, wrote on Instagram. “I can’t imagine the horror of being in a strange place and having my parents stripped away from me at the age of 5. This is so scary to me. Please stop this. Can you try to imagine the terror & panic these kids feel right now? Not knowing if their parents are dead or alive, if they’ll ever see them again...”

‘Donald Trump is president, and he’s set up child concentration camps’ is not a sentence that we expected to be writing just a few years ago. But it’s a grim reality that everyone has to accept is happening. On Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order to stop the separation of families, but ultimately this does nothing to end the continued barbaric and dehumanising policy of caging immigrants, and it doesn’t help reunite the children and families who’ve already been separated.

It’s essential that people continue to fight against these policies rather than accepting a return to the status quo. Not everyone has a platform like Nicki Minaj, but the average American isn’t completely powerless to fight either, even if it might seem that way sometimes. Read our article exploring how you can help stop these policies.