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

A powerful gesture.
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NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 6: A man uses his mobile phone in front of a United Airlines plane at Newark Liberty Airport during a storm on April 6, 2017, in Newark NJ. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

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.


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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