Michael Avenatti, who is currently representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, is standing up against the violence happening against immigrant children and parents.
Avenatti first tweeted about his outrage on Saturday, retweeting a New York Daily News cover showing a two-year-old toddler crying over being separated from their parents, where he also added, “This is not my America. This is not our America.”
“If anyone knows of a parent that has had their child taken from them at the border and not returned, please have them contact me as I am entering this fight,” Avenatti said in a follow-up tweet. “This outrageous conduct must be brought to an immediate end.”
On Sunday, he also called out the White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who pushed for a “zero-tolerance” policy.
“Congrats, the separation policy that you sold to your boss Mr. Trump will result in images that will crater you both,” Avenatti wrote. “We will ensure you never escape them. In your fascist zeal, you forgot that mothers are mothers first, regardless of their politics.”
He also appeared on MSNBC’s AM Joy Sunday morning. He told host Joy Reid that he was shocked that children and their parents were not being given legal representation, saying there was an obvious unjust racial element at play.
“If there was a white family from middle America who traveled to another country — even if they travelled there illegally — and attempted to enter that country and had a little girl or little boy taken from them, separated from them, and detained like this, our nation would be outraged,” Avenatti told Reid.
On Monday, he said he was “mobilizing resources on the ground for the fight,” saying that by the end of the day he and his team expect to have “at least 20 detained mothers and children as clients.”