WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The border wall funding battle is on as one GoFundMe campaign is launched to raise money for President Trump’s controversial wall, while another is set up to raise money for ladders to climb the barrier.
- The first crowdfunding campaign, ‘We The People Will Fund The Wall’ created by Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage, has surpassed $17million as of Tuesday afternoon.
- The counter-campaign, created by transgender Army veteran Charlotte Clymer, aims to raise funds for ladders for migrants to use to scale that border wall, reached nearly $150,000 as of Tuesday.
A GoFundMe campaign launched to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall has surpassed $17million as of Tuesday. The campaign which was created last week by triple amputee Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage aims to raise $1billion.
On Wednesday, human rights activist and transgender Army veteran Charlotte Clymer created a counter-campaign to raise funds for ladders for migrants to use to climb that controversial wall. With a $100million goal, it has reached nearly $150,000 as of Tuesday.
The GoFundMe page, entitled “Ladders to Get Over Trump’s Wall”, was created to raise money to provide ladders to immigrants trying to get to the United States. As of Tuesday afternoon, the campaign has reached nearly $150,000 out of its $100million goal.
The crowd-funding campaign was the idea of Twitter user @HoarseWisperer and Charlotte Clymer, a human rights activist and transgender Army veteran. The president threatened to shut down the government if Congress didn’t approve his $5 billion plan for the controversial border wall.
It is also a counter-campaign to “We The People Will Fund The Wall”, a GoFundMe campaign to raise $1 billion to help the Trump’s government build the barrier. It had raised $17million as of Tuesday afternoon.
The border wall is projected to cost $25 billion according to The New York Times, but congressional Democrats say the final cost would be much higher.
The “Ladders to Get Over Trump’s Wall” organizers don’t think its rival GoFundMe campaign will be able to raise billions of dollars. Still, they want to ensure “ladders are ready to send over to our undocumented friends and help them.”
RAICES, the largest immigration legal services nonprofit in Texas, was added to the fundraiser so it can access the funds directly once it’s over, Yahoo Lifestyle reported. The funds will actually be spent on legal assistance for immigrants.
“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 “Ladders to Get Over Trump’s Wall” organizers wrote.
Clymer told Newsweek that she finds discussions about the border wall “incredibly concerning.”
“The wall is wholly absurd, and the folks supporting it are doing so for the worst reasons,” she said. “We need to reject white supremacy in our country.”