Chrissy Teigen & John Legend Donate $288,000 to ACLU on Pres. Trump's Birthday
The money is a protest against the administration's immigration program.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend found a unique way to celebrate President Trump's 72nd birthday on Thursday (June 14): they donated nearly $300,000 to the ACLU in the real estate mogul's honor. The $72,000 gift in the name of each member of their family was intended as a loud and pointed protest to what Teigen said was the "inhumane" immigration policies by the Trump administration that have resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents at the border.
"John and I are outraged to see and hear the horror stories of immigrant families seeking asylum and refuge in America being ripped apart due to the inhumane policies of the Trump administration," Teigen tweeted, a reference to the administration's policy that has been separating children and parents at the southern U.S. border. "These actions are cruel, anti-family and go against everything we believe this country should represent."
More than 1,300 children have reportedly been separated from their parents so far as part of the Trump White House's "zero tolerance" border policy, an action that has drawn rebuke from a number of members of congress and the religious community, and which inspired thousands of people to take to the streets in dozens of protests around the country on Thursday to protest the actions in marches coordinated by Families Belong Together. Teigen said she and Legend decided to make the sizable donation on behalf of themselves and children Luna and Miles because of the ACLU's commitment to "defending the rights and humanity of these vulnerable families."
Read the full tweet below.
In a second tweet, Teigen encouraged others to follow her lead.
Wish Donald a happy birthday with a donation to the ACLU: https://t.co/7x7aqXyxG6— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 14, 2018
Attorney general Jeff Sessions cited the bible in defense of the administration's policy, saying that having children does not give migrants immunity from prosecution under American law. In addition to talk of building tent cities on a number of military bases to house the children -- many of whom are now being detained in an abandoned Wal-Mart store -- Sessions doubled down during a talk to a group of law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Thursday by saying that migrant parents were to blame for their families being torn apart.
"If you cross the Southwest border unlawfully, then the Department of Homeland Security will arrest you and the Department of Justice will prosecute you. That is what the law calls for — and that is what we are going to do," Sessions said. "Having children does not give you immunity from arrest and prosecution."
Sessions added that, "Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.”