Amal and George Clooney Donate $100,000 to Help Migrant Children
It is just the latest act of charity the couple has contributed.
George and Amal Clooney have made a sizable donation to help in the ongoing migrant child crisis happening at the United States-Mexico border.
The act of separating children from their parents at the border has made headlines across the globe and sparked outrage that led President Trump to sign an executive order Wednesday to end the practice.
The couple released a statement Wednesday sharing their own frustration and the plan of action they will take.
“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?’" the Clooneys said. "And when we answer yes, they’ll ask us what we did about it. What we said. Where we stood. We can’t change this administration’s policy but we can help defend the victims of it.”
They also announced they would donate $100,000 to the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.
Maria Woltjen, the Young Center’s executive director, thanked the couple.
"This Administration’s policy disregards international law and basic principles of human decency. To treat children in such a cruel manner not only violates their legal rights but also their basic needs," she said in a statement. "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."
In the past, the Clooneys have championed other causes, teaming up with the Southern Poverty Law Center to combat hate groups, working with UNICEF to help Syrian refugees get an education, and sponsoring the resettlement of Syrian and Yazidi refugees in the United States.
In March, they donated $500,000 to the March for Our Lives following the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla. The couple also attended the march in Washington to help raise awareness about gun violence in America.
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