Unlike US politicians, employees at major American carriers and their leaders will be able to sleep soundly at night knowing they have no part in the separation of families at the US/Mexico border.

American Airlines and United Airlines told Donald Trump and his administration this week, NOT to use their aircraft to transport migrant children taken from their parents.

In case you aren’t aware, Trump’s destructive commitment to reinforcing man-made borders has resulted in around 2,700 children (people under the age of 18) being split from their parents between 1 October 2017 to 31 May 2018 – some 1,995 of them were separated in the six weeks from 18 April to 31 May 2018, Vox reported.

These children (an average of 45 stolen from their parents every day) are declared as “unaccompanied alien children” and sent into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement whose job is to release the children to relatives living in the US. However, the vetting of these families is a MAJOR concern when 1,457 of the 7,000 children placed in 2017 couldn’t be contacted, leading people to believe that they either went into hiding or were handed over to child traffickers.

In online statements, both American Airlines and United said that there was no evidence that their aircraft had carried separated children in the last year, and stressed that they’d be oblivious even if they had because the US government isn’t obligated to tell them the circumstances of refugee passengers.

Se que esto no esta relacionado con el contenido que subo diariamente a la cuenta, pero con todo lo q estuvo pasando últimamente no puede evitar hacer esto para expresar mi dolor y apoyo a las personas que estan pasandola muy mal ahora mismo. . Si un año atrás me preguntaban si creia q algo como esto podria pasar hubiera dicho que NO. Nunca me hubiera imaginado tanta crueldad de una persona y su gobierno. En el país en el cual vivo no pasan estas cosas, pero se que si es la realidad de otro país. Por más tonto que parezca creo que podemos mirar esto de "su lado positivo" pero no me malinterpreten, solo digo que cada vez que hagan o digan algo SEA LO QUE SEA piensen y tomense realmente el tiempo necesario para saber y entender si va a afectar a la otra persona. Es necesario tener siempre mas empatia y menos crueldad.

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They both continued, saying that either way, they want no part in the practice and have requested the Federal Government refrain from using their planes to transport children separated from families due to the current immigration policy.

“We have no desire to be associated with separating families, or worse, to profit from it.”

American Airlines

“We have every expectation the government will comply with our request and we thank them for doing so.”

United’s Chief Executive, Oscar Munoz said in a Facebook update that the policy is in “deep conflict” with the airline’s mission and wants “no part in it”.

“Our company’s shared purpose is to connect people and unite the world.”

Oscar Munoz, United Airlines Chief Executive

Southwest Airlines issued a similar statement, saying that “nothing is more important to us than family” and they “do not wish to have involvement in the process of separating children from their parents”.

“Therefore, we appeal to anyone making those types of travel decisions not to utilise Southwest Airlines,” the statement read. “We are a Company founded on love, and we want to connect People to what is important in their lives, not disconnect them.”

 

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