• Airlines take stand against immigration crisis

    By: Joe Bruno

    Updated:

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday afternoon to keep families together at the border amid national outrage and pressure from both political parties.

    Trump officially reversed his argument that the office of the president has no authority to stop separations of undocumented immigrant families.

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border

    Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s major airline, American Airline, is strongly against the family separation process.

    "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," airline officials said in a statement.  "We have no desire to be associated with separating families, or worse, to profit from it. We have every expectation the government will comply with our request and we thank them for doing so."

    American Airlines is not the only airline making this request. United Airlines and Frontier Airlines also told the government to not use their planes for that purpose.

    That isn't sitting well with the Department of Homeland Security.

    "It's unfortunate that American Air, United and Frontier no longer want to partner with the brave men and women of DHS to protect the traveling public, combat human trafficking and to swiftly reunite unaccompanied illegal immigrant children with their families," a DHS spokesperson said.

    DHS also said the airlines do not understand immigration laws and the loopholes that have caused the crisis at the border.

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