13 celebrities who donated their time and money to fight for immigrant rights

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images, Rich Fury/Getty Images, and Walter McBride/WireImageRosie O’Donnell, Mindy Kaling, and Jimmy Fallon have all pledged to support immigrant-focused organisations.
  • Following President Donald Trump’s increased restrictions on immigration, numerous celebrities have spoken out against the president’s policies, and the administration’s current practice of detaining immigrants, especially children, at border facilities.
  • Some stars like Mindy Kaling,Chrissy Teigen, and John Legend have made monetary donations to organisations like the ACLU or RAICES, a Texas-based nonprofit that provides legal assistance to immigrants.
  • Other celebrities like Rosie O’Donnell and Evan Rachel Wood have donated their time to groups working in support of immigrants on the border.
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With conditions for immigrants at the border quickly becoming controversial, many celebrities are donating to organisations like the ACLU or Texas-based nonprofit RAICES that are working to help immigrants in need.

Celebrities have also been quick to use their platforms (especially on social media) to speak out against the conditions at the border as well as President Trump’s current immigration policy.

Some stars like Rosie O’Donnell and Evan Rachel Wood have even donated their time, in addition to monetary donations, to organisations working with immigrants at the border.

Here are 12 celebrities who have donated time or money to help immigrants so far.


Rosie O’Donnell has said she’ll attend a vigil in El Paso, Texas to protest against the detainment of immigrant children.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImageRosie O’Donnell is also a supporter of Senator Elizabeth Warren for president in 2020.

During an appearance on Andy Cohen’s Bravo show “Watch What Happens Live,” comedian Rosie O’Donnell confirmed to Cohen that she’ll travel to El Paso, Texas on July 12 for a Lights for Liberty vigil.

O’Donnell has previously tweeted about her support for the organisation, which advocates for children and immigrants being detained at the border.

Lights for Liberty describes itself as a “coalition of people… dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.” On July 12, the organisation is holding a series of vigils across the United States to “protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees” in detention centres.


For her birthday this year, Mindy Kaling donated $US1000 to RAICES, a Texas-based nonprofit helping immigrants at the border.

Jonathan Leibson/Getty ImagesMindy Kaling donated $US1000 to 40 different charities for her 40th birthday this year.

On Monday, actress Mindy Kaling tweeted that she donated $US1000 to RAICES, a Texas-based nonprofit that offers legal aid to immigrants detained at the border.

Kaling’s donation was part of her efforts to donate $US1000 to 40 different charities for her 40th birthday this year. The actress also donated to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.


After Donald Trump appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” as a nominee in 2016, the host later made a donation to RAICES.

Walter McBride/WireImageJimmy Fallon was criticised for his decision to feature Donald Trump on his show in 2016.

After Donald Trump appeared on “The Tonight Show” in 2016, host Jimmy Fallon was widely criticised for the lighthearted way he engaged with the president, then just a nominee for the Republican party.

Fallon shared in a 2018 interview that he regretted the decision, especially the decision to playfully ruffle Trump’s hair – something many people have said helped to humanize the president in the 2016 election.

The president fired back at Fallon over Twitter after the interview was published, calling the host “whimpering” and telling him to “be a man.”

In response to Trump’s tweet, Fallon shared on Twitter that he was making a donation to RAICES in the president’s name.


Comedian Mike Birbiglia gave over $US5000 to RAICES’ Families Together fund in 2018.

Mike Coppola / Getty ImagesMike Birbiglia previously appeared on episodes of ‘Girls’ and ‘Broad City.’

In 2018, comedian Mike Birbiglia told fans on Twitter he would donate to RAICES – specifically the organisation’s “Families Together” fund, which aims to keep families united at the border as they navigate the immigration system – for every retweet he got on his birthday.

Birbiglia revealed the next day that he was able to donate over $US5000 to the organisation.


George and Amal Clooney donated $US100,000 to the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights in 2018.

In 2018, actor George Clooney and his wife, lawyer Amal Clooney, donated $US10,000 to the Young Center for immigrant children’s rights, an organisation that supports and advocates for young migrants.

“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 centres?’ And when we answer yes, they will ask us what we did about it,” the Clooneys said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.

On its website, the Young Center says it aims “to change the immigration system so that children in immigration proceedings are recognised as children, and best interests are made a part of the decision making process.”


Anne Hathaway denounced the Trump administration’s immigration policies in 2018, and shared that she made a donation to Americans for Immigration Justice.

Alberto E. Rodriguez/GettyAnne Hathaway said she donated to an immigration-rights organisation in honour of her father.

In honour of Father’s Day 2019, actress Anne Hathaway took to Instagram to denounce the Trump administration’s immigration policies, and share that she’d donated to an immigration rights organisation in her father’s name.

“My Dad and I – not to mention my entire family – are disgusted and rocked to our core by the current administration’s shocking decision to separate asylum seeking immigrant families,” the star wrote on Instagram.

Hathaway shared that she was making a donation to Americans for Immigrant Justice in her dad’s name. She encouraged her fans to do the same.

Americans for Immigrant Justice is a nonprofit law firm that “protects and promotes the basic human rights of immigrants.”

According to Americans for Immigrant Justice’s website, Hathaway and her husband Adam Schulman donated $US10,000 or more to the organisation.


In 2018, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend donated $US288,000 to the ACLU in honour of President Trump’s birthday.

Model Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend donated $US288,000 to the ACLU in 2018 in honour of the president’s birthday.

In a statement Teigen posted to Twitter, the model and her husband slammed President Trump and his administration’s immigration policies, calling them “inhumane,” “cruel,” and “anti-family.”

The couple in turn praised the ACLU for “defending the rights” of “vulnerable immigrant families” in addition to their work supporting reproductive rights and “holding the Trump administration accountable whenever possible.”

Teigen and Legend shared that each member of their family of four – including their children, Luna and Miles – donated $US72,000 to the ACLU, bringing their total donation to over $US250,000.


Producer Judd Apatow donated $US10,000 to the ACLU in 2018.

Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesJudd Apatow is married to actress Leslie Mann.

Producer and comedian Judd Apatow denounced the Trump administration’s immigration policies in 2018, saying in a tweet, “The way our country treats children and immigrants is shameful.”

The comedian went on to say that he’d match $US10,000 in donations to the ACLU “to help them fight Trump’s nightmarish immigration policies,” and encouraged his followers to donate.

Apatow was ultimately able to give $US10,000 to the ACLU of Southern California.


Alyssa Milano offered to foster detained immigrant children at her home in 2018.

Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty ImagesAlyssa Milano has also been an outspoken advocate for reproductive rights.

In 2018, actress Alyssa Milano offered to foster detained immigrant children in a letter to Cayuga Centres CEO Edward Myers Hayes.

The actress asked to help foster children who’d been detained at the US border in her letter, which was obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, and said that the children “need compassion, stability and love more than ever.”

“To them, I offer my home and my heart; my love and whatever stability I can give them until they can be reunited with a parent,” Milano wrote.

“I cannot let these children hurt any longer: Mi casa es la casa de ellos,” Milano concluded.

Cayuga Centres is the New York-based nonprofit that was tasked with helping find foster families for detained migrant children.


Evan Rachel Wood travelled to Texas in 2018 to help support organisations working with immigrants.

Steve Granitz/WireImageEvan Rachel Wood currently stars in HBO’s ‘Westworld.’

“Westworld” star Evan Rachel Wood travelled to Texas in June 2018 to donate her time to organisations working with immigrants at the border.

Using the hashtag #EvanInTX, Wood documented her time spent picking up supplies for local shelters at Walmart, and playing with immigrant children currently being detained.

The actress urged her followers to also donate to Texas-based organisations fighting for immigrant rights.


Singer Sia announced in January 2017 that she would match up to $US100,000 in donations to the ACLU, and ended up raising over $US300,000 for the organisation with her fans.

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicSia is the stage name of singer Sia Furler.

Australian singer-songwriter Sia said on Twitter in January 2017 that she would match up to $US100,000 of donations to the ACLU, and urged her followers to “help our queer & immigrant friends.”

Sia and her fans donated over $US300,000 to the ACLU, with the singer sharing her receipt for her $US100,000 donation on Twitter.


Zach Braff donated $US25,000 to the ACLU in 2017.

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesZach Braff previously starred in the hit TV show ‘Scrubs.’

Actor Zach Braff donated to the ACLU in the aftermath of President Trump’s Muslim immigration ban in 2017.

On Twitter, the actor shared a screenshot of his $US25,000 donation with the caption, “Support the ACLU in any way you can.”

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