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.
We're so thankful to announce that @United is jumping in & helping to reunite families. This partnership with United allows us to be able to provide travel to reunited families to get to their next destination with dignity. Thanks for your generosity United! #FlightsforFamilies
— FWD.us (@FWDus) July 25, 2018
Our company’s shared purpose is to connect people and unite the world — we are proud to support your work to help reunify immigrant children and families. ^MM
— United Airlines (@united) July 25, 2018
Twitter users, including Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA), applauded the partnership and its efforts.
Thank you @United making the friendly skies even friendlier ♥️✈️
— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) July 25, 2018
— Josh Earnest (@joshearnest) July 25, 2018
If I ever need to fly where my broomstick can't take me, I'll fly United. 😜
— Susan McMasters 🌊 (@LeftinDecatur) July 27, 2018
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) July 27, 2018
Looks like someone took this advice!
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) July 27, 2018
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.