$4K a minute pours in to couple’s fundraiser for separated immigrant families

A 2-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border

Rea said the legal community representing immigrants here "has been hit pretty hard day after day" under the Trump administration and that existing issues with family separation have been compounded, especially over the last week.

At last check, Charlotte and Dave Willner's efforts have raked in more than $8 million in five days.

"We can confirm this is one of the largest fundraisers we've ever seen on Facebook", Roya Winner, a spokeswoman for the social media giant, told The Washington Post.

Charlotte and Dave Willner were inspired to start the campaign when they saw the viral image showing a frightened, crying 2-year-old girl looking up to the adults around her after crossing the border.

Mark Zuckerberg is calling on Facebook users to donate to groups helping migrant families at the USA border and has condemned the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families, writing: "We need to stop this policy right now".

"This child is my daughter's age". "We are sick to our stomachs over this", she wrote. "I don't care why you voted for Trump - if you're still supporting him, you're supporting this".

With that, the next day she and her husband set out to help change the circumstances of the almost 2,000 immigrant children who have been separated from their parents.

On Tuesday afternoon, the page - called "Reunite an immigrant parent with their child" - was receiving about $3,000 per minute, according to a spokeswoman for the Willners, who are both former Facebook employees. Private donors have matched at least $250,000 of the total, but the Willners said the average donation is just $40.

President Donald Trump has said the policy comes from laws signed by Democrats in congress, but the directive came from his administration and could be reversed "with a phone call" from the president, as Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC, told CNN. "We have to do our job". "This administration has a simple message- If you cross the border illegally, we will prosecute you".

On Saturday morning, they started a Facebook fundraising page for the Refugee and Immigrant Centre for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, a non-profit organisation that provides low-priced legal defence services to immigrant and refugee families in Texas.

The organizers said RAICES has two critical goals at this time: to directly pay for the required bond needed to get parents out of detention and ultimately reunited with their children. The group set its initial goal at $1,500 due to bond prices, which tend to be $5,000 to $10,000, according to the group, but are always a minimum of $1,500. But with over $10 million in donations, the Texas organization is in a good position to begin offering proper legal representation for the children involved.

The Willners wrote on the page: "We are collectively revulsed at what's happening to immigrant families on our southern border".



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