Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook have donated to a fundraiser aimed at reuniting migrant children separated from their parents, a company spokesperson said Monday.
The online campaign, launched by former Facebook staffers Charlotte and Dave Willner, is raising money for the Texas-based Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, which provides legal services and support to immigrants and refugees. According to the campaign’s Facebook page, it had raised over $2.3 million out of a $3-million goal as of Monday evening.
The Facebook representative did not say how much Zuckerberg or Sandberg contributed.
The donations come amid a growing firestorm over the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Facebook spokesperson declined to comment further on the company’s stance on the policy.
“We are collectively revulsed at what’s happening to immigrant families on our southern border,” the fundraiser’s description on Facebook reads. “In times when we often think that the news can’t possibly get worse, it does — we learned last night that 2000 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 spoken out against Trump’s decision to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and offered critical remarks of Trump‘s plan to build a wall along the southern U.S. border.