A crescendo of voices are raised in opposition to the Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when illegally crossing the border. Although President Trump reversed his position through an Executive Order, it left unaddressed what happens to the 2,300 children already separated. Citizens, politicians, church leaders, former first ladies, and business leaders have expressed their opposition to this policy. To many, it is a morality and character issue, damaging values and decency.
Immigration legislation will be considered in the U.S. House with at least two options: a bi-partisan approach and a more hardline one. Reforming immigration has escaped several administrations, leaving issues unresolved. However, little support can be found for the Trump Administration’s separation of children from their families. Resolving immigration issues is far from concluding.
The business leaders raising their voices is diverse.
- Airlines (American, United, Southwest, and Frontier) requested that the government stop asking them to transport separated families. Their role is to bring families together, not separate them.
- Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, called separating children from their parents “inhumane,” and Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said it needed to stop and encouraged people to make donations to the Texas Civil Rights Project.
- The Business Roundtable, an association of U.S. CEOs, got involved, too. Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco Systems and Business Roundtable immigration committee chair, called the policy “cruel and contrary to American values.”
- One hundred Microsoft employees requested they cancel a $20 million contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, issued a statement stating that their Azure software was used for administrative functions, like email and document management, and it is not being used for any part of the child separation. Nadella also called the policy “simply cruel and abusive.”
- Uber has donated $100,000 to a nonprofit helping migrant children, and they are researching ways their legal team can assist families and children impacted by the policy. Uber called the Trump policy “unfathomable to imagine and heartbreaking to see.”
Activators Quest & Actions (Q&A):
- Many voices were raised to stop the child separation policy by the Trump Administration. Can the same voices promote immigration reform legislation that passes the U.S. House and U.S. Senate?
- Should companies stop offering software and services to an agency implementing “inhumane” policies? Would these tactics be successful?
- How has the current administration’s immigration policies impacted you and your actions? Have you voiced your thoughts with coworkers or within your community? What is the tenor of your conversations?