Legendary musician Willy Nelson spoke out against the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance border policy, which leads to criminal prosecution of any suspected border crossers and separation of families.
The policy has been the focus of plenty of controversy—and now Nelson—a Texas native, is chiming in.
“What’s going on at our southern border is outrageous,” Nelson said in a statement Thursday. “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.”
Nelson was quoting lyrics by David Lynn’s song, “Living in the Promiseland,” which play on the Statue of Liberty’s inscription: “Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
Nelsons’s comment seemed to be directed at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who defended the zero-tolerance policy using the bible.
“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,” Sessions said last week.