Padma Lakshmi Bakes Scathing Political Protest Into Her Fourth Of July Pie

The "Top Chef" host used her Independence Day dish to send a message about migrants being held on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi on Thursday used her Fourth of July pie to call for the closure of the federal facilities that are holding undocumented migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Lakshmi tweeted a photo of her Independence Day pie, decorated with an American flag and the phrase “close the camps.” In another tweet, she urged people to “contact your representatives tomorrow and demand they #CloseTheCamps.”

The award-winning cookbook author also shared this image of herself with said pie:

Lakshmi on Wednesday shared this photograph of migrants being held at a makeshift detention center in Texas. Conditions inside some of the centers have been described as “appalling.”

“While you’re celebrating the 4th at a bbq, swimming in the pool & eating popsicles, these families are still here,” the caption read.

President Donald Trump, however, has tweeted that the migrants are “living far better now than where they came from.”

Lakshmi’s dish inspired others to make the same pie in protest:

She opened up to “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah about her own immigration story in March.

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