Eva Longoria feels even more empathy for the families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border now that she is a mom herself.
The 43-year-old actress welcomed her first child, son Santiago, earlier this week, and on Thursday, she took to Instagram to share a photo of her posing with her newborn as well as address the issues of families being separated at the border and President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, which he recently reversed.
“Hello world! I introduce to you Santiago Enrique Baston. Thank you everyone for showering my baby boy with all your warm wishes! Special thanks to @usahola,” she began. “In light of my son’s birth I wanted to bring focus on the families that have been separated at the border. Having my son next to me, I cannot imagine him being taken from my arms. Families belong together which is why we must do what we can to reunite them. That’s why I am supporting @raicestexas and @aclu_nationwide to help fun legal services for separated families #KeepFamiliesTogether.”
On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order to reverse his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border. The administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting illegal border crossings remains in place, meaning families can still be held in detention centers.
According to section one of the new order, the administration will continue to prosecute crimes of "improper entry" and "maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources."
“Reading the news about the separation of children from their families, I can’t help but think about my own children. I cannot fathom a world where they would be ripped from my arms, taken to a place no better than a prison far from home,” she wrote. “I feel we will never forget this moment in time. Bearing witness to these atrocities and that’s what they are, I can say for sure, remaining silent is not an option.”
Lopez went on to note, “This is about basic human rights and decency,” urging her fans to educate themselves on the topic before contacting their congressman.
She concluded with a positive message, writing, “I also want you to remain hopeful — hold fast to hope, faith and Love. We first need to admit we have a problem before we can heal it. We cannot focus on the evil, we must push towards unity and get to a healing place. IT’S ALL IN OUR HANDS. Supporting one another in these troubled times, we can remain on the right side of history: the side where children are safe and in their parents’ arms. Act now, call now, speak now, LOVE now. #familiesbelongtogether#lovenothate.”
Eva Longoria and husband Jose 'Pepe' Baston
Eva Longoria and husband Jose 'Pepe' Baston
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 08: Eva Longoria (R) and Jose Baston visit 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 8, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 16: Actress Eva Longoria (L) and her Husband Jose Baston (R) attend the ceremony to honor Eva Longoria with a Star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on April 16, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Jose Baston and Eva Longoria are seen on February 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07: Actress Eva Longoria and Jose Baston are seen walking in Midtown on August 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
IBIZA, SPAIN - JULY 21: Jose Baston and Eva Longoria are seen during Global Gift Gala Party at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza on July 21, 2017 in Ibiza, Spain. (Photo by Iconic/All/GC Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - JULY 15: Eva Longoria and Jose Baston are seen arriving to the Global Gift Party 2017 on July 15, 2017 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 25: Jose 'Pepe' Antonio Baston (L) and Eva Longoria attend the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 25, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Dave Benett/amfAR2017/Dave Benett/WireImage for amfAR )
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Eva Longoria and Jose Baston are spotted at Hotel Martinez during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 23, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Eva Longoria and Jose Baston are spotted during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 19, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 03: Eva Longoria and her husband Jose Baston are seen leaving Lucio restaurant on April 3, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
FORMENTERA, SPAIN - JULY 20: Eva Longoria and her husband Jose Baston are seen on July 20, 2016 in Formentera, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 1: Eva Longoria and Jose Baston enjoy a night out on April 1, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Iconic/GC Images)
US actress Eva Longoria (L) poses with fiance Jose Antonio Baston at The Taj Mahal in Agra on December 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO/STR / AFP / STRDEL (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 05: Eva Longoria and Jose Antonio Baston SHOP.com celebration of art with Phillipe Hoerle-Guggenheim presenting RETNA, hosted by JR & Loren Ridinger, Aston Martin & Haute Living in Miami on Saturday, December 5, 2015. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Haute Living)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Eva Longoria and boyfriend Jose Antonio Baston attend Serena Williams' semi-final on day twelve of the 2015 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20: Eva Longoria (R) and boyfriend Jose Antonio Baston are seen upon arrival at Sydney International Airport on July 20, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by KHAP/GG/KHAP/GG/GC Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 21: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been retouched.) Actress Eva Longoria and Jose Antonio Baston attend amfAR's 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala, Presented By Bold Films And Harry Winston at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 21, 2015 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR15/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE- MAY 21 : Eva Longoria and her boyfriend Jose Antonio Baston sighted in Cannes, 2015 May 21, in Cannes, France. (Photo by Robino Salvatore/GC Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Eva Longoria and Jose Antonio Baston seen out in Soho waiting for a taxi on APRIL 26, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - JANUARY 22: Eva Longoria and Jose Antonio Baston attends NATPE - Day 3 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on January 22, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 04: Jose Antonio Baston and Eva Longoria are seen on December 4, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Eva Longoria and Jose Antonio Baston are seen in Midtown on September 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - JULY 18: Eva Longoria and Jose Antonio Baston attend a charity party on July 18, 2014 in Marbella, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)