Activists critical of President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall have created a GoFundMe campaign with the hopes of helping immigrants circumvent any physical barricades the president may erect at the border.
In less than 24 hours, the “Ladders to Get Over Trump’s Wall” GoFundMe page has raised more than $90,000. The campaign is marked on the site as ‘Trending.’
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.
Last night, @HoarseWisperer joked about a GoFundMe to buy ladders in response to this border wall nonsense. I laughed but then thought: "Wait, why not?"
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) December 20, 2018
Wow, this is now $60k.
Grateful to you all who put down your hard earned cash to fund some "ladders" (legal and social services for migrants).
From all at RAICES, huge thank you. https://t.co/EMF2f1Tq7z
— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) December 21, 2018
Source: Free Beacon