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GoFundMe page created to raise money for ladders to climb border wall

In response to a separate GoFundMe for the wall
Posted at 4:23 PM, Dec 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-22 18:23:14-05

A Purple Heart recipient and University of Arizona alum made headlines earlier this week by launching a GoFundMe page to raise $1 billion for President Trump's wall on the Mexican border.

in response, an activist group has created a separate GoFundMe in order to build ladders to climb the border wall.

The fundraiser was created by the appropriately-named Charlotte Clymer, a U.S. Army veteran who works for Human Rights Campaign. As of Saturday afternoon, the GoFundMe had raised just over $127,000 of its $100 million goal. And rather than actual ladders, Clymer said all funds will actually go to the Texas-based Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.

"We saw some folks are raising money for a border wall to keep out our migrant siblings and fellow human beings, who are fleeing violence and persecution and whose tragically-underpaid labor is essential to the U.S. economy," Clymer wrote on the GoFundMe page. "Seems like a bad idea on countless levels for everyone involved. Maybe we should focus on human rights and creating a community that reflects our supposed values.

"And even though at a rate of $1.7 million daily, it would take their fund about 35 years to raise the $21.7 billion that Trump's own Dept. of Homeland Security says would be needed to build said wall, we wanna make sure ladders are ready to send over to our undocumented friends and help them."