- The Washington Times - Monday, January 30, 2017

Bruce Springsteen used a break between songs Monday night to criticize President Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from several predominantly Muslim nations.

Performing in Adelaide, Australia, The Boss segued to his 2006 song “American Land” by commenting on Mr. Trump’s so-called “Muslim ban,” which indefinitely bans Syrian refugees and temporarily prevents immigrants from Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Somalia from entering the U.S.

“Tonight we want to add our voices to the thousands of Americans who are protesting at airports around our country — the Muslim ban and the detention of foreign nationals and refugees,” Mr. Springsteen, 67, told the crowd.

“America is a nation of immigrants and we find this anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American,” he said. “This is an immigrant song, ‘American Land.’”

A verse in the song, which was re-released as a bonus track on the 2012 album “Wrecking Ball,” goes: “I docked at Ellis Island in a city of light and spires / She met me in the valley of red-hot steel and fire / We made the steel that built the cities with our sweat and two hands / And we made our home in the American Land.”

Mr. Springsteen, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year, has openly criticized the president in the past.

Earlier this month on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast, the singer said Mr. Trump won the presidential election because his “simplistic” ideas and “lies” appealed to Americans’ “worst angels.” During Mr. Trump’s candidacy, Mr. Springsteen called him a “flagrant, toxic narcissist” who would undoubtedly lose to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, whom the rock and roll legend openly supported.



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