Among many celebrities, George and Amal Clooney are standing up against the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. However, they’re not only creating awareness, but they’re truly doing everything they can to help.
On June 20, 2018, George and Amal announced that a donation of $100,000 would be made the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights through the Clooney Foundation for Justice. According to Elite Daily, the center receiving the donation is “a human rights advocate group for immigrant children.”
In her announcement of the donation, Amal made the point to acknowledge what her 1-year-old twins, Ella and Alexander, might ask when looking back at this crisis in history:
At some point in the future our children will ask us: is it true, did our country really take babies from their parents and put them in detention centers? And when we answer yes, they’ll ask us what we did about it. What we said. Where we stood. We can’t change this administration’s policy, but we can help defend the victims of it.
The executive director of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, Maria Woltjen, publicly thanked the Clooneys for their generous donation in a statement:
This Administration’s policy disregards international law and basic principles of human decency. To treat children in such a cruel manner not only violates their legal rights but also their basic needs. We are doing everything we can to advocate on behalf of the thousands of children who are separated and alone, and we are grateful for the generous support of George and Amal Clooney and the Clooney Foundation for Justice — it could not be more vital at this time.
George and Amal’s generosity certainly isn’t out of character for the couple. As Elite Daily pointed out, “Amal Clooney is an extremely distinguished human rights lawyer.” Plus, “George has taken part in a few activist activities of his own, especially in regards to environmentalism.”
In the past, the Clooney Foundation has worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center and UNICEF. Plus, they previously made a donation of $500,000 to March For Our Lives.
Even though Donald Trump signed an executive order on June 20 to stop any further separation of families, the fight is still far from over. The order will do nothing to help the already-separated 2,300 children (including babies).
Many other celebrities have joined the fight against the Trump administration. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen made a $288,000 donation to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) — on Trump’s birthday. They did so to highlight “immigrant families … being ripped apart due to the inhumane policies of the Trump administration.”
After house speaker Paul Ryan tweeted a Father’s Day post, Legend had some choice words for his response. “Seriously, f*ck you,” he wrote. “Reunite the families at the border and we can talk about father’s day.”
According to People, other celebrities who have spoken out against the separated families include Kathy Griffin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Reese Witherspoon, and Ellen DeGeneres.
Former first lady Laura Bush has never publicly commented on Trump’s presidency. However, when it came to his zero-tolerance policy, she decided enough is enough. She wrote in an opinion piece in the Washington Post, “I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”
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