This Nonprofit Just Got $20 Million to Help Immigrants Detained at the Border — But It’s Still Not Enough

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES, typically has an annual budget of $7 million, which means that in less than a week, it has more than doubled its yearly budget due to the Reunite an immigrant parent with their child: Fundraiser for RAICES. It is now Facebook’s largest fundraiser and seems to grow by the millions almost daily since it was created by Dave and Charlotte Willner on June 16. In a Facebook Live session on Wednesday, three RAICES staff members answered questions about how the organization will spend the $20 million and counting. Although the millions of dollar sounds like a lot of money, they said the reality is that it gets eaten up fast when dealing with things like attorney fees, paying bond and transportation costs.

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