Ashton Kutcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus Blast Trump's Immigration Ban at SAG Awards

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It didn't take long for the SAG Awards to get political Sunday night. 

When Ashton Kutcher took the stage to introduce the show, he welcomed the crowd "and everyone in airports that belong in my America!" he said to applause from the audience. "You are part of the fabric of who we are, and we welcome you and we love you."

"We also welcome you to the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards...." he joked. 

Several award winners also addressed Trump's controversial executive order and immigration ban in their acceptance speeches. 

Read more: SAG Awards: Ashton Kutcher Makes Pro-Immigration Statement in Opening

Upon winning best actress in a comedy series for Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus joked that the Russians "didn't hack" the awards show. "I'm the winner, the winner is me. Landslide!"

She added that she is "horrified" by the immigrant ban, being the child of immigrants. "My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France," she said. "I love this country and because I love this country I am horrified. This immigrant ban is un-American." 

Accepting his award for best actor in a comedy series, Shameless' William H. Macy said he'd actually like to "thank President Trump for making Frank Gallagher seem so normal." 

Sunday, protests continued across the country against Trump's immigration and travel ban, with demonstrations at LAX in Los Angeles, JFK in New York, Dulles in Washington, D.C. and Logan Airport in Boston, gaining support. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti was reportedly part of the group at LAX to demonstrate in support of travelers being detained from countries on the banned list, which includes Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lybia, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

Read more: Trump's Immigration Ban Sparks Second Day of Protests at LAX Airport

The White House on Sunday released a statement defending the immigration order, specifically taking aim at the media's coverage of the ban thus far. "America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border," read the statement. "America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave. We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say."

The awards are being handed out Sunday night at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.

 

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