People are donating their frequent flier miles to help reunite immigrant families separated at the border.

By | 2018-08-12T13:48:41+00:00 August 12th, 2018|Categories: News, News2|Tags: , , , , , |10 Comments


Courtesy of Buzzfeed:

While hundreds of families separated at the US–Mexico border under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy remain apart, a Michigan woman has inspired people to help reunite loved ones by donating their frequent flyer miles.

Beth Wilensky, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School, tweeted on Tuesday that her donation had brought a 3-year-old boy detained in Michigan and his father back to their family.

“My husband travels a lot,” she wrote. “Downside: he’s gone a lot. Upside: frequent flyer miles. We just used some to fly a 3-year-old and his dad, who had been separated at the border, from Michigan (where the son had been taken) to their extended family.”

In just a few days, her tweet was shared more than 30,000 times, and Wilensky urged anyone with extra airline miles to donate. She had donated to Michigan Support Circle, a group working locally to reunify families, as well as provide them with essentials during what can be a drawn-out, bureaucratic process. Wilensky also directed people to Miles 4 Migrants, a group that reunites refugees around the world with family they’d been separated from because of conflict and persecution.

Already, Miles 4 Migrants has received 5.8 million donated airline miles.

“The families are government-approved for relocation. So when the cases come to us, everything’s good to go,” said Nick Ruiz, one of the founders of the nonprofit. “The only thing holding them back is the cost of the flight.”

And now that is no longer going to hold them back. 

Jesus do we need more stories like this. 

I need my faith in humanity restored in a big way these days. 

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10 Comments

  1. ANON August 12, 2018 at 7:30 am - Reply

    OT? “Since last year’s Unite the Right rally, Charlottesville has elected Nikuyah Walker, the city’s first black, female mayor. ‘

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/one-year-after-unite-the-right-charlottesville-shuts-out-nazis

  2. Anon August 12, 2018 at 8:34 am - Reply

    OT?
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-jeff-sessions-rigged-justice-department_us_5b6f4238e4b0530743ca6b33

    tinydjt>”issued a pair of tweets Saturday afternoon from his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, accusing Attorney General Jeff Sessions of being “scared stiff” and calling the Department of Justice “rigged.” Game Over

  3. anonymous August 12, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

    “I see zero difference between what Laura Ingraham is saying on mainstream cable and what the Nazi was saying in front of his house,” Jones said. “Literally, it’s the same message.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/van-jones-theres-zero-difference-laura-ingrahams-demographic-comments-neo-nazis-beliefs/

  4. Anonymous August 12, 2018 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    I am glad that people are stepping up to help these people. It is ridiculous that the trump administration, that kidnapped the kids in the first place, has the audacity to charge these people for airfare to reunite them. so if they don’t have the money, their kids stay in cages?

    Only trump would find a way to profit off his inhumane policy.

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