'Can you let those kids out of cages?': Justin Bieber calls on Trump to release migrant children from detention facilities becoming the latest celebrity to speak out about crisis on the southern border
- Justin Bieber posted a tweet Friday night urging President Trump to release migrant children 'from cages' on the southern border
- The pop star is the latest celebrity to weigh in on the immigration debate, as the Trump Administration struggles to detain swelling numbers of border crossers
- Beieber's tweet came after he thanked the President for his diplomatic efforts to release rapper A$AP Rocky from a Swedish jail
- Trump - who is known for being swayed by celebrity opinion - spoke with the Swedish Prime Minister about Rocky after a plea from Kanye West
Justin Bieber has become the latest celebrity to weigh in on the crisis on the U.S. southern border, calling upon President Donald Trump to release migrant children from detention centers.
In a tweet posted on Friday night, the 25-year-old pop star - who is a Canadian citizen - asked the Commander-in-chief to 'let those kids out of cages'.
Bieber made the request after hearing that the Commander-in-chief had 'personally vouched' for the bail of the musician's pal, rapper A$AP Rocky, who is currently detained in a Swedish jail after becoming embroiled in a street brawl.
The 'Baby' singer wrote in full: 'I want my friend [A$AP Rocky] out... I appreciate you trying to help him. But while your [sic] at it @realDonaldTrump can you let those kids out of cages?'
Bieber's post garnered more than 500,000 likes in 12 hours.
Justin Bieber has become the latest celebrity to speak out about the immigrant crisis on the U.S. southern border, calling upon President Donald Trump to release migrant children from detention centers
The Canadian citizen's tweet garnered more than 500,000 likes in the 12 hours after it was posted
Numerous users praised the superstar for speaking up, including one who wrote: 'This is the best thing you've ever tweeted!'
However, Bieber was also hit with a barrage of criticism from fans, with one blasting: 'All 'cages' at border detention centers were installed before Trump was President, mostly during the Obama administration. I'm happy to explain the issue in depth privately.'
Another wrote: 'Justin, I've heard you have a big house or two. How many kids could you comfortably fit?'
The Trump Administration is struggling to cope with huge numbers of people trying to enter the U.S. via its southern border.
More than 40,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended at the border in the six months since January, according to official Customs and Border Patrol statistics.
Bieber isn't the first celebrity to voice his opinions on the immigration issue.
The Trump Administration is struggling to detain swelling numbers of border crossers, which includes thousands of children
Alyssa Milano, Chrissy Teigen and Judd Apatow have all spoken up against the Trump's administrations response to those trying to cross into the U.S. along the southern border.
The President has not responded publicly to Bieber's tweet - but he is well known for listening to celebrity opinion.
On Friday, Trump revealed he was seeking the release of A$AP Rocky from the Swedish prison following a plea from Kanye West.
On Friday, Trump revealed he was seeking the release of A$AP Rocky from the Swedish prison following a plea from Kanye West
President Trump said that Kanye West (left) called him to ask him if he could help ASAP Rocky (right), who has been detained in Stockholm since July 3, sparking a social media campaign for his release
West is said to have called the president through a direct line that he has to the Oval Office, urging Trump to take action
It's claimed that West wanted to get 'personally involved' with A$AP's case but instead sought help from Trump, for whom he's consistently voiced admiration for publicly.
'Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky's incarceration,' Trump tweeted on Friday night.
'I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!' he wrote.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have used their star power to influence the President
There were also reports Thursday that Kim Kardashian West, who has campaigned for criminal justice reform, contacted the White House over the case.
Kardashian West thanked Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House Counselor Jared Kushner, who is also Trump's son-in-law, on Twitter Thursday evening for their 'efforts to Free ASAP Rocky & his two friends.'
She said their 'commitment to justice reform is so appreciated.'
A Stockholm court on Friday ordered that Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, should be kept in custody in Sweden for another week while an investigation is completed into an alleged assault during a street brawl.
Fans and fellow artists have launched a social media campaign for the 30-year-old artist to be freed since his arrest shortly after midnight on July 3 following the street fight on June 30.
Rocky was in Stockholm to perform in a concert.
Prosecutors have now asked to hold the 30-year-old until July 25. Video of the incident appeared to show Rocky violently throw a man to the ground, but footage he released shows him trying to avoid a confrontation (left and right)
An online petition called #JusticeForRocky has garnered more than 600,000 signatures