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Facebook Fundraiser To Reunite Immigrant Families Raises Over $16M

As of Thursday morning, the Facebook fundraiser had raised more than $16 million.
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Facebook Fundraiser To Reunite Immigrant Families Raises Over $16M

In a little over five days, more than 400,000 people raised more than $16 million through a Facebook fundraiser to benefit immigrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

It's called "Reunite an immigrant parent with their child." Charlotte and Dave Willner started the fundraiser June 16. The original goal was $1,500.

The money raised will go to the Texas nonprofit organization called Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. It says it provides legal services, opportunities for education and social support for immigrants and refugees. 

USA Today reports Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg are among those who have donated. 

In April, the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" immigration policy. As part of that policy, the U.S. government separated migrant children from their families when they entered the U.S. illegally.

The RAICES team posted on Facebook saying they didn't have the words to thank the fundraiser's organizers.