$20M Fundraiser Will Help Reunite Families

Massive Facebook Fundraiser Will Cover Bonds For Families Separated At Border, Group Says

RAICES is calling for President Trump’s full cooperation
By: Sara Boboltz

The staggering $20 million raised via Facebook to support immigrant families separated at the border will be used to post bail bonds for mothers, recipient organization Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services announced Tuesday. 

RAICES aims to reunite 2,500 migrant children with their mothers, citing bond costs ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.

The organization on Tuesday launched a campaign, #ReuniteEveryChild, demanding cooperation from President Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

An estimated 2,500 children were separated from their families at the border and placed in facilities across the country before Trump signed an executive order halting the practice on June 20. The president’s administration still has yet to release a comprehensive reunification plan.

Late last month, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw of San Diego ordered the Trump administration to reunite children under age 5 with their families within 14 days, and older children within 30 days. 

“By offering this bond payment, RAICES hopes to help the administration comply with its court ordered obligations,” the group, which provides legal services for immigrants in Texas, said in a statement. 

The Trump administration had said it expected to reunite 54 children under age 5 with their families by Tuesday’s 14-day deadline ― about half of the group covered by the judge’s order ― but on Tuesday said that only four children have actually been reunited thus far. The 30-day deadline for family reunification is up July 26. 

California couple Charlotte and Dave Willner started the grassroots fundraiser “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child” in mid-June with the goal of raising $1,500 ― enough to allow a single migrant parent to make bond and reunite with their child, they said.