GoFundMe For ‘Ladders to Get Over Trump’s Wall’ Raises $63k in One Day
After retired USAF vet Brian Kolfage Jr. launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $1 billion to build Trump’s Wall on our Southern border, not everyone was happy. Regardless of your views towards the wall, Kolfage, a triple amputee, certainly appears to have captured the hearts and minds of thousands of Americans. In fact, he has raised over $10 million from over 179,000 individuals in just four days.
Now, a rival GoFundMe campaign has popped up, and it’s certainly not going to make some people happy. In fact, there are already criticisms that it may be illegal or at least against the GoFundMe terms of service.
The campaign, titled ‘Ladders to Get Over Trump’s Wall,’ has already raised $63,000 from more that 2,800 people and it’s only been active for one day.
“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 campaign, which seeks to raise $100 million, reads.
If you are already angry at this idea, you may want to reconsider, as this campaign appears to have a good cause. Those behind it realize that they will never meet their $100 million goal and neither will Kolfage’s campaign to raise $1 billion to build the wall. Therefore, those behind the campaign, including a woman named Charlotte Clymer, have instead pledged to donate all proceeds to RAICES, a Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Service. RAICES, based in San Antonio Texas, promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.
“You see, they’ll never reach their goal, but no matter how much we raise, we’re going to reach ours,” reads the campaign’s description. “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.”
So basically, if you want to make a statement and not really fund ladders for immigrants to break the law with, but rather help refugees and immigrants who deserve legal counsel, this campaign may be the one for you.