The separation of thousands of immigrant children from their parents at the border has inspired George and Amal Clooney to take action. On Wednesday, the couple announced that the Clooney Foundation for Justice was making a donation of $100,000 to the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.
“At some point in the future our children will ask us: ‘Is it true, did our country really take babies from their parents and put them in detention centers?’ And when we answer yes, they’ll ask us what we did about it. What we said. Where we stood,”
The couple said in a statement. “We can’t change this administration’s policy but we can help defend the victims of it.”
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end family separation at the border, which had escalated under the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. However, the order did not lay out a plan for reuniting families who have been separated.
The organization’s executive director Maria Woltjen thanked the Clooneys for their generosity in a statement, saying the administration’s policy “disregards international law and basic principles of human decency” and adding, “We are doing everything we can to advocate on behalf of the thousands of children who are separated and alone, and we are grateful for the generous support of George and Amal Clooney and the Clooney Foundation for Justice — it could not be more vital at this time.”
This is not the first time the Clooneys have shown their generosity to help fight for change. Last year, they donated $20 million to help refugees. They also responded to the hate in Charlottesville by donating $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center.