Activists against President Donald Trump setup a GoFundMe page on Wednesday to raise money for ladders to help illegal immigrants get over Trump's proposed border wall.
Anti-Trump activists Charlotte Clymer and Twitter user @HoarseWisperer started the campaign "Ladders to Get Over Trump's Wall" in response to the "We the People Will Build the Wall Fund" GoFundMe campaign. The "Ladders" organizers state they want to help "our migrant siblings and fellow human beings" by providing ladders to help them over the wall if it gets built.
We saw some folks are raising money for a border wall to keep out our migrant siblings and fellow human beings, who are fleeing violence and persecution and whose tragically-underpaid labor is essential to the U.S. economy. Seems like a bad idea on countless levels for everyone involved. Maybe we should focus on human rights and creating a community that reflects our supposed values.
And even though at a rate of $1.7 million daily, it would take their fund about 35 years to raise the $21.7 billion that Trump's own Dept. of Homeland Security says would be needed to build said wall, we wanna make sure ladders are ready to send over to our undocumented friends and help them.
The organizers say their campaign is intended to mock people donating to build the wall. They don't expect the border wall to be built, and in reality, plan for the money they raise to go to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), not ladders. The Texas-based nonprofit provides free and low-cost legal services to undeserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.
"Supporting an organization working to help immigrants seeking legal asylum. This GoFundMe isn’t really about ladders at all. It’s about lifting people up," the campaign page states.
At time of publication, they had raised less than 1 percent of their goal, just over $80,000 of $100 million.
As for the "We the People Will Build the Wall Fund," it has raised over $12 million and has a goal of $1 billion.
Published under: Immigration