News & Opinion | June 19, 2018 8:54 am

Mark Zuckerberg Donates to Charity Fighting Immigrant Family Separation

Tech company's COO, Sheryl Sandberg, also gave money to the Texas-based legal aid nonprofit.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before a House Energy and Commerce Committee in Rayburn Building on the protection of user data on April 11, 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before a House Energy and Commerce Committee in Rayburn Building on the protection of user data on April 11, 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg have donated to a fundraiser aimed at reuniting migrant children separated from their parents. The onine campaign was launched by former Facebook staffers, Charlotte and Dave Willner. They are hoping to raise $3 million for the Texas-based Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, which provides legal aid and support to immigrants and refugees. It had raised over $2.3 million as of Monday evening, reports Politico.

The donations come amid growing criticism of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance border policy, which results in separating any undocumented migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. The campaign’s language comes out strongly against this practice.

“We are collectively revulsed at what’s happening to immigrant families on our southern border,” the fundraiser’s description on Facebook reads, according to Politico. “In times when we often think that the news can’t possibly get worse, it does—we learned last night that 2,000 children (many of them infants and toddlers) have been separated from their parents in just six weeks under President [Donald] Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy.”

Zuckerberg has previously been critical of Trump-era immigration policies.