Everyone from television host Jimmy Kimmel to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had a response to President Trump’s first Oval Office address, in which he described undocumented immigrants as murderers and rapists and made his case for the $5 billion border wall. Hillary Clinton took things a step further and issued a call to action on Twitter.
In her original post, Clinton characterized Trump’s speech as “ridiculous” and then encouraged her followers to donate money to organizations that help kids at the border. The funds will be split evenly between Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Texas Civil Rights Project, and eight other immigration advocacy groups, according to the donation page Clinton listed. Wednesday morning, Clinton followed up on the tweet and revealed that over $100,000 were raised.
Although Trump declared there’s a humanitarian and security crisis at the border, Clinton argued that the only border crisis is the inhumane detention of children. Two migrant children died in border custody. People also expressed outrage when nearly 3,000 children were separated from their parents as a result of Trump’s zero tolerance policy and when images of unarmed mothers and children running away from tear gas circulated on Twitter.
Fact-checking Trump’s address and holding him accountable for his hateful rhetoric and policies is certainly effective and necessary, but what’s also imperative is that we remember refugees have a right to seek asylum, which many children and families are trying to do. So whether you choose to click on the link below or call your representatives, or both, make sure to “keep counteracting his lies about migrants and refugees with positive action,” just as Clinton suggested.
We’ve raised over $100k and counting for organizations that help families and kids at the border since the beginning of the president’s TV stunt last night.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 9, 2019