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Immigration Law

Couple raises record $4 million on Facebook to reunite immigrant families

Jessica Guynn, USA Today, June 19, 2018 - "In what is the largest single fundraiser ever on Facebook, a Silicon Valley couple has drummed up millions of dollars from tens of thousands of people to reunite immigrant parents with their children. As of Tuesday morning, over 97,000 people had contributed $4 million to a Facebook fundraiser set up four days ago by Charlotte and Dave Willner and the pace is showing no signs of slowing. The new target for the campaign, which started out at $1,500, is now $5 million. Right around the time on Monday night when the fundraiser sailed past $3 million, the couple calculated that $4,000 was rolling in every minute. Among those who have donated are Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. "It's clearly resonating with a lot of people, and we're just glad we could help," Charlotte  Willner told USA TODAY. All of the proceeds from the Facebook campaign, "Reunite an immigrant parent with their child," benefit RAICES, a Texas nonprofit that provides free legal services to immigrants and refugees. Facebook, which launched fundraisers in 2017, waived fees last fall for nonprofit fundraisers."