Shakira and Jennifer Lopez shows at the Super Bowl halftime

Shakira and Jennifer Lopez put their Latina heritage front and center of the show, with the former – who was born in Colombia – taking to the stage shouting ‘hola Miami!’ before bringing out rapper Bad Bunny who sung in Spanish.

But it was J.Lo who made the bigger statement during her performance, when the lights rose on children, including her own 11-year-old daughter Emme, sat in cages – which appeared to reference Trump’s headline immigration policy that has seen children detained after attempting to cross the southern border illegally.

Jennifer Lopez appeared to take a swipe at Donald Trump's immigration policies during her Super Bowl half time show

Emme began by singing part of her song Let’s Get Loud before J.Lo appeared in a giant American flag coat, which had the Puerto Rican flag on the other side. ‘Latinos!’ she shouted as she threw the coat open before breaking into a rendition of ‘Born in the USA’.

A source had ahead of her performance that Emme would sing on stage ‘as the symbol of the American dream’.

On Twitter one viewer wrote: ‘Shakira and J.Lo put kids in cages, protesting the American government’s treatment of immigrants and Puerto Rico in the same 10 second clip, with all of America watching. And they both looked hot as hell while doing it. That is how you use a platform.’

Political statement The performance on Sunday starred the singer's 11-year-old daughter Emme and featured her and other children singing 'Let's Get Loud' from illuminated cages

Another said: ‘I loved the half time! It represented more than your people understood with the kids in cages, dressed in all white (immigration protest last year we all wore all white), the lights made a “fence” background, J Lo w/Puerto Rican flag singing Born in the USA.’

Good genes Emme, whom J-Lo shares with her ex-husband and fellow singer Marc Anthony, gave her famous mother a run for her money as she belted out Let's Get Loud

Others noted: ‘J Lo’s daughter Emme sings “Let’s Get Loud” surrounded by kids in glowing cages.

‘Kids are still in cages at the border.

‘ J Lo draped in US flag revealed as a Puerto Rico Flag sings “Born in The USA” with Emme.

‘Brown people have rights too.’

And one viewer said: ‘Some people so busy arguing about J Lo on a pole shaking her booty that they missed the message…Did you notice? Kids in cages while singing ‘let’s get loud’ and ‘born in the USA’.’

Another said they had watched the show five times, adding: ‘It’s exuberant. So much joy but I loved the dig at Trump with the children singing in cages including j.lo’s own daughter. Amazing moment.’

The Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy at the US-Mexico border wall has led to hundreds of children being separated from their parents.

The separation policy was adopted across the entire US-Mexico border from April 2018 until it was ended in June 2018 following national and international criticism.
Since June 2018, despite the official end of the separation policy, hundreds of additional children have been separated from their parents, according to official reports.

In March 2019, the government reported that since that time, 245 children had been removed from their families.

 JLO & Shakira

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform reported in July 2019 that over 700 children have been separated from their parents since the policy’s end.
In a nod to her Puerto Rican heritage, Lopez donned a feathered cape for the performance that showed the US flag on one side and the Puerto Rican flag on the other. The singer was born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents, and she has donated at least $1 million in aid to the island since Hurricane Maria in 2017.

J-Lo wore a string of racy outfits during the Super Bowl gig, which saw top a cheer pyramid and whirl through a pole dance
J-Lo wore a string of racy outfits during the Super Bowl gig, which saw top a cheer pyramid and whirl through a pole dance

The 50-year-old was trained in pole dancing for her role as a stripper in last year's drama Hustlers

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