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United Airlines Asks US Govt Not To Fly Separated Immigrant Kids On Their Aircrafts

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| June 21 , 2018 , 12:37 IST

United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he would be signing an executive order to stop the controversial separation of families at the Mexico border, attempting to illegally migrate to the US. The separation policy is being widely criticized across the globe. Images and videos of children being separated are being shared on social media platforms condemning the US Government for the inhuman policy.

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Just minutes before Trump’s announcement, aviation major United Airlines came out with a statement asking the United States Government not to fly the separated immigrant children on their aircrafts.

The airline company says it has already contacted federal officials to inform them that they should not transport immigrant children on United Aircraft. United’s statement comes right after a similar decision from American Airlines who said, “The family separation process that has been widely publicized is not at all aligned with the values of American Airlines - we bring families together, not apart."

Here is the complete statement from United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz:

At United Airlines, we have been concerned about reports that commercial airlines have been used to transport immigrant children separated from their parents by a newly implemented immigration enforcement policy. Based on some research we have done internally and public reports, we have not seen evidence these children have been flown on United Aircraft. 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. Our company's shared purpose is to connect people and unite the world. This policy and its impact on thousands of children is in deep conflict with that mission and we want no part of it.