"If It Can Happen To Any Child, It Can Happen To My Child"

Alicia Keys was one of many celebrity parents in attendance at the “Families Belong Together” March this past weekend. The recording artist had her oldest son, Egypt, alongside her as she gave a moving speech about the bond between parents and their kids.

“My seven-year-old son is here with me today,” Alicia told the rally’s attendees. “His name is Egypt,” she continued. “I couldn’t even imagine not being able to find him. I couldn’t even imagine being separated from him or scared about how he is being treated, so this is all of our fight, because if it can happen to any child, it can happen to my child and your child and all of our children.”


Alicia also read a letter from a mother whose child is presently held at the Oregon Immigration Detention Center in Portland. “I had spent nights without sleep, searching and searching for my son, not knowing where he was, a torture day by day,” the mother shared.

Keys ended her moving speech by calling on those with moral compasses to use their voices and voting power. “Our democracy is at stake,” the “We Are Here” singer said. “Our humanity is at stake. We are out here to save the soul of our nation. We need all the children reunited to their parents. We demand to end the zero humanity policy. We need to save the Supreme Court and we need to vote because when we vote, we win.”

It has been several days since President Trump halted his “zero tolerance” policy on immigration that separated children from their parents who entered the country illegally at the Mexico-United States border. Dozens of kids have yet to be reunited with their parents.

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Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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