In response to a GoFundMe campaign that seeks to raise money for President Donald Trump's border wall, Democrats and those who oppose the president have launched a counter-campaign to raise money for "ladders."
The campaign has been dubbed: "Ladders to Get Over Trump's Wall."
What are the details?
After the border wall GoFundMe began to garner national attention, a liberal activist launched a counter-campaign to raise money for "ladders" that will be used to scale the border wall. However, in reality, the money will go to RAICES, a non-profit agency that provides low-cost legal services to immigrants.
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?"
We've now raised $13,000 for, um, "ladders". (Actually going to @RAICESTEXAS). #GoFundTheWallhttps://t.co/CHMKJZqj25
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) December 20, 2018
The GoFundMe campaign declares:
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 has a set goal of $100 million. As of Sunday, approximately 6,000 people have contributed more than $130,000. The majority of donations are under $30, while the highest has been $500.
Still, reaching the funding goal isn't the point of the campaign, organizers said.
"You see, they'll never reach their goal, but no matter how much we raise, we're going to reach ours: 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 declares.
How much has the border wall campaign raised?
As of Sunday morning, nearly $16 million.