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Ivanka Trump donates $50K to megachurch caring for migrant children separated from families

Camille Fine

President Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump made a personal donation to a Texas megachurch to aid its efforts to care for migrant children separated from their families under the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

The Dallas Morning News, citing a press release, reported that Trump donated $50,000 to Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas.

Pastor Jack Graham said Sunday that he and other church leaders are planning a trip to visit detention centers along the border and plan to hold an event for children still detained, according to the newspaper.

More than 2,000 immigrant children have been separated under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which called for the criminal prosecution of all illegal border crossers. The president’s executive order meant to end the separations has been criticized and the policy is facing legal challenges for not detailing a plan to reunify families.

{mosads}Graham told the newspaper that Ivanka Trump contacted him after he posted about the church’s efforts on Twitter. She made her donation days before her father signed the executive order last week to halt the family separations.

“I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Ivanka Trump a number of times over the last year, and I’ve been struck by her kindness and concern for those in need,” Graham told CBN News. “So, it wasn’t that surprising to know she would want to help these families. But I certainly never expected to hear from her after a simple tweet.”

Ivanka Trump’s choice to donate to Prestonwood is drawing significant backlash from LGBT advocates, however, who are pointing to the church’s strong anti-LGBT views.

The church’s website includes a section that labels same-sex attraction as “sexual identity confusion.”

In a 2015 blog post following the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, Graham lamented that “the family” is “under attack” in the U.S., and emphasized that “gay marriage violates God’s standard.”

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