12 Actors Who Spoke Out Against The Refugee Ban At The 2017 SAG Awards

“This immigrant ban is a blemish and it’s un-American.” —Julia Louis-Dreyfus

When Simon Helberg from The Big Bang Theory walked the red carpet for the SAG Awards carrying a sign that read “Refugees welcome,” and his wife, actor Jocelyn Towne, had the words “Let them in” written on her chest.

When Simon Helberg from The Big Bang Theory walked the red carpet for the SAG Awards carrying a sign that read "Refugees welcome," and his wife, actor Jocelyn Towne, had the words "Let them in" written on her chest.

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When Ashton Kutcher opened the show by welcoming “everyone in airports that belong in my America … you are a part of the fabric of who we are.”

When Ashton Kutcher opened the show by welcoming “everyone in airports that belong in my America ... you are a part of the fabric of who we are.”

“Good evening, fellow SAG-AFTRA members and everyone at home — and everyone in airports that belong in my America,” he said as the first presenter of the night. “You are a part of the fabric of who we are, and we love you and we welcome you.”

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When Julia Louis-Drefyus flat-out said in her acceptance speech, “This immigrant ban is a blemish and it’s un-American.”

When Julia Louis-Drefyus flat-out said in her acceptance speech, “This immigrant ban is a blemish and it's un-American.”

“I want you all to know that I’m the daughter of an immigrant,” the Veep star said, accepting the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. “My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France. I’m an American patriot and I love this country. Because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes. And this immigrant ban is a blemish and it’s un-American. Our guilds are unions of storytellers who have always welcomed those from other nations, and of varying beliefs, who wish to share their creativity with America. We are grateful to them. We stand with them. We will fight for them.”

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When Taylor Schilling said on behalf of the Orange Is the New Black cast: “We stand up here representing a diverse group of people, representing generations of families who have sought a better life here.”

When Taylor Schilling said on behalf of the Orange Is the New Black cast: "We stand up here representing a diverse group of people, representing generations of families who have sought a better life here."

While accepting the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Schilling said: “We stand up here representing a diverse group of people, representing generations of families who have sought a better life here. We know that it’s going to be up to us and all of you to keep telling stories. What unites us is stronger than the forces that seek to divide us.”

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