To say that there has been significant backlash against the GOP and Trump administration surrounding their immigration policies over the last couple weeks would be a real understatement. Rather, the outcry is better described as bright light that has shed on the true divisiveness and the inhumanity of the current administration, for anybody who had not already accepted the detrimental nature of President Trump’s political agenda.
With private citizens and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle finding common ground in the cries of toddlers and the horrid mistreatment of immigrant children upon being separated from their families, the pressures on the Trump administration to resolve this issue are coming from all angles.
One company whose operations are perhaps more relevant in this matter than any other has taken a strong and immovable stand against the administration’s policies. On Wednesday, United Airlines issued a statement refusing to be a part of President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy against immigrant families and asked the government to refrain from using their airplanes in the transport of separated migrant children. According to a USA Today article citing the airline’s issued statement:
‘”Based on our serious concerns about this policy and how it’s in deep conflict with our company’s values, we have contacted federal officials to inform them that they should not transport immigrant children on United aircraft who have been separated from their parents,” United CEO Oscar Munoz said. “This policy and its impact on thousands of children is in deep conflict with that mission and we want no part of it.”‘
United asks U.S. government not to fly separated immigrant children on our aircraft. pic.twitter.com/MPPbhO6aqV
— United Airlines (@united) June 20, 2018
The first part of the statement references to claims that commercial airplanes had been put in use to further facilitate the separation of immigrant families. Although United found no verifiable evidence to prove these rumors to be true, the company’s reiteration that their aircrafts are not to be used for any such plans is just another blow to the surmounting scrutiny facing the Trump administration.
.@AmericanAir say it’s told the US govt to stop using the airline “for the purpose of transporting children who have been separated from their families due to the current immigration policy. We have no desire to be associated with separating families, or worse, to profit from it” pic.twitter.com/odW6yVmm9x
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) June 20, 2018
Other airlines also took a stand against family separation policies as well. Three other airlines, including Frontier, American Airlines, and Southwest, have all also refused to have any part in the government’s inhumane immigration practices.
Audio and photos have been released of immigrant families being torn apart, young toddlers crying out for their mothers and fathers, and innocent children being held at apparent detention camps, it has become impossible for any individual or organization to ignore the blatant and abusive actions that have been taking place. However, in addition to the recent advocacy seen by citizens and public officials, the sheer magnitude of these issues have now led to corporations raising their voice to stand against what can only be described as child abuse.
American Airlines asked the government to stop using its flights for “transporting children who have been separated from their families due to the current immigration policy.” https://t.co/kJtPxZGOaP pic.twitter.com/EdVcTmafK2
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 20, 2018
Although Trump attempted to conduct damage control Wednesday by signing an executive order aimed at halting family separations, it is clear that the damage has already been done. Not only that, but the futile effort is yet another rushed political tactic by the administration to reduce controversy as the order fails to mention steps toward reuniting already separated families and aims to implement new policies such as indefinite detention periods for immigrant families.
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