Some of the biggest airlines in the United States have emerged in opposition to the government's divisive family separation policy, which has seen children detained by immigration officials at the US-Mexico border and housed in detention centers throughout the country.
United Airlines, Frontier, and American Airlines, all of which contract with the government to offer travel for officials on various levels, issued statements on Wednesday, declaring their opposition to the policy, which was put into place by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump administration officials in April.
American specifically noted that it's unwilling to transport detained children to detention centers:
"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," American said in its statement. "We have therefore requested the federal government to immediately refrain from using American for the purpose of transporting children who have been separated from their families due to the current immigration policy."
United CEO Oscor Munoz said the carrier has contacted federal officials and instructed them not to use United aircraft while transporting children.