“Veep” Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus attacked President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration while accepting Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series during the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.
You can watch her acceptance speech below:
“I want you all to know that I am the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France, and I’m an American patriot, and I love this country, and because I love this country by am horrified by its blemishes,” she said in her acceptance speech. “This immigrant ban is a blemish and it is un-American.”
She then read a statement from the Writers Guild of America, the SGA’s sister-guild, saying she agrees with it.
“Our guilds are unions of storytellers who always welcomed those from the nations of varying beliefs who wish to share their creativity with America. We are grateful for them. We stand with them. And we will fight for them.”
Louis-Dreyfus’ father, William Louis-Dreyfus, died last year at 84. He moved to the U.S. with his mother in 1945.
Fellow actor Ashton Kutcher kicked off the SAG Awards show by also speaking out against Trump’s immigration order. Kutcher’s wife, Mila Kunis, came to the U.S. from Ukraine on a refugee visa.
“Hello to SAG-AFTRA members and everyone at home and everyone in airports that belong in my America,” Kutcher said to cheers. “You are a part of the fabric of who we are. And we love you and we welcome you.”
As protesters gathered at airports and elsewhere in cities around the U.S.,. Louis-Dreyfus and Kutcher kicked off a night of criticism directed toward the new president and his immigration policy.
“We’d like to say that we stand up her representing a diverse group of people representing generations of families who have sought a better life here from places like Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ireland,” Taylor Schilling said while accepting the SAG Award for Ensamble in a Comedy Series on behalf of the cast of “Orange Is the New Black.”
“We know that it’s going to be up to us and all of you to keep telling stories that what unites us is stronger than the forces that seek to divide us,” Schilling said.