Zoe Kazan, who frequently speaks out on social and political issues, took to Twitter to strongly criticize President Trump’s administration’s policy of separating children from parents trying to cross the border.
She told a story from her 2010 shoot of “Meek’s Cutoff” in Oregon that haunted her and in her mind, was linked to this policy.
On a long thread, Zoe began:
“When we were shooting Meek’s Cutoff on the salt flats of Eastern Oregon, I woke in the night to a pervasive drone. It filled the air like a fire alarm, but it sounded like moaning. I lay awake for hours. In the morning, the motel owners explained: On the big commercial ranches nearby, the calves had been separated from their mothers in the dark of that morning. The sound was the mother cows crying for their taken babies. ‘It happens every year,’ they told us. It was part of the landscape of their lives.”
The star of “The Big Sick” continued, saying, “and I can’t stop thinking about how our President said ‘these aren’t people, these are animals’ about immigrants seeking asylum, and how he must want us to hear the cries of these babies as the cries of animals: as part of the cost of living, as a byproduct of capitalism.”
The practice has caused plenty of controversy within the United States and beyond, as even the United Nations stepped in to condemn the practice. Children have been separated from their families and held in centers, even if their parents have arrived at the border to legally seek asylum in the United States.
Kazan is one of many well-known names, including Jessica Chastain, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Jimmy Kimmel, and Reese Witherspoon, who have spoken out against the new immigration practice.