Bruce Springsteen condemns U.S. immigration policy during Broadway show
Briefly deviating from the script of his Broadway show, on Tuesday night (June 19) Bruce Springsteen denounced U.S. President Donald Trump’s “inhumane” illegal immigration policy that have seen children forcibly separated from their families at the US-Mexico border.
The Born to Run singer deviated from the usual script which consists of live performances, spoken word and anecdotes, to address the controversial zero-tolerance approach Trump and his administration have taken on illegal immigration.
The Guardian reports that Springsteen castigated the Republican lawmakers who instituted the policies. He told the crowd that recent comments made by “senior people in government” had amounted to blasphemy—possibly a reference to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s statement that the Bible justifies the forced separations.
“For 146 shows, I have played pretty much the same set every night. Tonight demands something different,” he told the audience at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York, which has been host to his residency since October.
He then played a version of his song ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’, a protest song he recorded in 1995. With the song, named after a character in John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, he sought to give voice to the invisible and unheard and the disenfranchised.
“Wherever somebody’s fighting for a place to stand/Or a decent job or a helping hand/Wherever somebody’s struggling to be free/Look in their eyes, Ma, and you’ll see me,” the lyrics read.