Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Marked Trump's Birthday With A Powerful Donation

They encouraged fans to do the same.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend made a generous donation to mark President Donald Trump's 72nd birthday on Thursday. Teigen posted on social media that they were "outraged" by the separation of immigrant children from their parents under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

"These actions are cruel, anti-family and go against everything we believe this country should represent," reads Teigen's message. As a way of fighting back against the administration's policies and to "Make Trump's Birthday Great Again," she announced that she and Legend have donated $72,000 on behalf of each of their family members to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), totaling $288,000. 

Teigen encouraged others to "donate $7.20, $72, or whatever you like" to the organization "in honor of this blessed day," directing them to a donation page. The ACLU responded by thanking them for their support and urging those who agree with the couple to "send Trump a clear message on his birthday."

Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, told A Plus earlier this month that between 1,500 and 2,000 immigrant children had already been separated from their parents. The organization has filed a lawsuit against the practice, and according to Bloomberg (via Teen Vogue), a federal judge last week allowed it to advance under the argument that the policy violates families' rights to due process.

It's not the first time Teigen and Legend have made a generous donation to a cause they care about. In January, they made a $200,000 donation to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, which has raised millions of dollars to support survivors of sexual assault and harassment. It was their way of honoring "the heroic gymnasts" who spoke out against former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted of sexual abuse earlier this year.

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