Padma Lakshmi spoke out against the Trump administration’s attacks on refugees at the United States-Mexico border in a Monday morning (Nov. 26) appearance on NBC’s Today. As an immigration advocate for the ACLU, the Top Chef host, model and activist has been outspoken against the policies of Donald Trump.
Lakshmi was being interviewed about her decision to publicly share her experience as a survivor of rape, and why the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh moved her to come forward in a September New York Times op-ed. During the course of the interview, she brought up her work as an advocate for the ACLU. She condemned U.S. officials’ tear gas attacks on migrants, including children, at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday.
“The migrants at our southern border include mothers and small children exercising their legal, human right to seek asylum,” declared the ACLU in a tweet on Monday morning, and told the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, “Tear gassing children is outrageous and inhumane.”
“Obviously even this morning, coming here, I was reading about all the tear-gassing of children on the border and it’s devastating,” Lakshmi told Today hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie.