Do not be fooled — what has been happening at the border is not the fault of Democrats. In April 2018, U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered prosecutors at the southern border to adopt a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal crossing. Part of that mandate included separating children from their families. The policy is unique to the Trump administration since past administrations did not separate families.
But we are here, and we are mobilizing, with airlines boycotting against Trump. Several airlines have come out to condemn Trump’s action, publicly stating that they will not participate in transferring children from the Southern border into other parts of the country.
List of Airlines Boycotting Trump
Frontier Airlines said on Wednesday that it would not knowingly let the government use its planes to transfer immigrant children. In a tweet, Frontier Airlines had this to say: “Frontier prides itself on being a family airline and we will not knowingly allow our flights to be used to transport migrant children away from their families.”
Frontier prides itself on being a family airline and we will not knowingly allow our flights to be used to transport migrant children away from their families. At this time, we are not aware if Frontier has been used for this purpose.
— Frontier Airlines (@FlyFrontier) June 20, 2018
United Airlines also came forward. “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 in a statement.
American Airlines has also told the federal government to “immediately refrain” from using its airplanes to transport children.
What’s even more frustrating, or perhaps even scary, is that no one really knows where these children are being transported to. ICE officials are lying to the parents and telling them that they will be able to get in contact with their children — but how can that be, if the government is eyeing airlines to transport these children?
Something is not adding up. Nevertheless, it’s honorable to see these major airlines call out Trump on his egregious policy.