How Silicon Valley is responding to the immigration crisis

Posted in: Government & Policy at 25/06/2018 21:49

At first, Charlotte Willner wanted to raise $1,500 on Facebook — enough to let one immigrant parent who had been separated from their child make bond. So, she and her husband Dave Willner set up a fundraiser on Facebook, “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,” benefitting the Texas nonprofit RAICES.

By the end of the first day, they had raised $120,000. At the time of this writing, they have raised more than $20 million.

“The common question we get now is ‘Oh my gosh, can they use all this money?’ The answer, resoundingly, is yes,” Charlotte said on the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher. “RAICES is, has been from the very beginning, so committed to sharing these resources with every organization in Texas. They can now provide lawyers to a bunch of the pro bono projects. The process of reuniting these families is going to be extremely expensive.”

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