United Airlines Announces It Will Donate Flights to Help Reunite Families Separated at the Border

A powerful gesture.

Despite a court-ordered deadline to reunite migrant children with their families, hundreds still remain separated from their families. Now, United Airlines is joining the fray to expedite the unification process.

The organization FWD.us announced via Twitter that United would be partnering with them to donate much-needed flights to separated families.

Twitter users, including Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA), applauded the partnership and its efforts.

https://twitter.com/LeftinDecatur/status/1022813281680015360

United, along with American Airlines, previously requested that the United States government refrain from transporting separated family members on their planes. This was after a sharp public condemnation of a policy enacted by President Donald Trump’s justice department to prosecute every migrant who crosses the border and subsequently separate them from their children.

Though Trump withdrew the policy due to widespread outcry and a federal judge ordered the families reunited, the implementation has been widely bungled.

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