Dozens Of Celebrities Read An Immigrant Mom's Story Of Being Separated From Her Young Son

"My name is Mirian."

If the mere concept of families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border doesn't stir your emotions, the very personal story of one immigrant mother named Mirian just might. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union to make a video — with dozens of celeb friends — to humanize the fact that #FamiliesBelongTogether.


The video — released today, July 10 — features Hollywood heavyweights reading the affidavit from Mirian, a Honduran asylum seeker who was separated from her 18-month-old son because of President Donald Trump's zero tolerance policy. Despite a presidential executive order to end the practice, Mirian's son turned 2 years old on July 4 and the duo has yet to be reunited.

Joining the Gyllenhaals — because, yes, Jake Gyllenhaal is in it, too — are the likes of Amy Schumer, Chadwick Boseman, Julia Louis Dreyfus, and Ryan Reynolds.

The full list of celebrities involved, in addition to those mentioned above, includes: Adam Shankman, Alia Shawkat, Anthony Ramos, Aubrey Plaza, Bruna Papandrea, Casey Affleck, David Morse, Ellen Burstyn, Emma Thompson, Glenn Close, Ilana Glazer, J. Smith-Cameron, James Franco, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jeff Bridges, Kenny Lonergan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lena Waithe, Method Man, Michael Mann, Miguel, Mira Sorvino, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Olivia Milch, Oscar Isaac, Riley Keough, Peter Sarsgaard, Riz Ahmed, Thandie Newton, The RZA, and Tim Robbins.

Mirian's story was a part of the ACLU's class-action lawsuit against family separation at the border. For this video Gyllenhaal worked with Lee Gelernt of the ACLU, the deputy director of their Immigrants' Rights Project and the attorney who argued on the behalf of families in court, to raise awareness to the ongoing situation.

To date, more than 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the border because of the Trump administration's stance on immigration. Mirian's story is important, but it's certainly not the only one out there.

Watch the #MyNameIsMirian video here:

For more information on how you can help, visit the ACLU's website here.


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