NBC's 'The Good Place' raising money to fund legal aid for migrant children separated from parents
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The makers of NBC sitcom “The Good Place” are raising money to fund legal aid for immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.–Mexico border.

The Crowdrise fundraising page was started Wednesday by Andrew Law, one of the show’s writers. According to the page, the show's makers vow to match donations up to $25,000 with all proceeds going to Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), a group that provides legal services to immigrant children. 

The fundraiser plays off the show’s premise: that doing good deeds in life will allow one's entry into “The Good Place,” after death.


“Everything is... well, it could be better,” the Crowdrise page reads. “Our show deals with the concepts of what it means to be good and how to do the most good for the most people.”

“Hopefully our contributions will add a little more kindness and a little less division to an already forked up world,” the page reads, another reference to the show. 

The fundraiser was shared on Twitter by some of the show’s writers, and had raised more than $1,000 in its first few hours.

The fundraiser comes on the heels of a widespread bipartisan backlash over the Trump administration’s "zero tolerance" immigration policy that resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents at the border. Trump reversed his administration's policy with an executive order banning migrant family separations after facing sharp criticism for the policy.

At the height of the controversy, reports emerged of children as young as 1 being forced to appear in front of immigration judges without their parents or an attorney. Immigrant children do not have the right to a court-appointed attorney, but some were aided by groups like KIND.

Following a court order, the Trump administration has reunited the majority of separated families, but as of Aug. 1, nearly 600 children remained in U.S. custody, according to The Washington Post.

Most of those children have not been reunited because the government has not had contact with their parents after releasing them from custody, or their location is otherwise unknown.