DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL β€” United Airlines wants nothing to do with transporting the children of parents who have entered the U.S. illegally and have been separated from their families at the border. Neither does American Airlines.

The two major legacy carriers have significant operations in Texas and other southwestern states where attention has been laser-focused in recent days on the plight of thousands of young children separated from parents as U.S. immigration officials say they are going about their business of following the law.

On the same day the airlines voiced their objections to transporting separated children, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that will keep migrant families together while they are detained at the border.

United CEO Oscar Munoz said in a statement Wednesday afternoon: β€œAt United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) we have been concerned about reports that commercial airlines have been used to transport immigrant children separated from their parents by a newly implemented immigration enforcement policy. Based on some research we have done internally and public reports, we have not seen evidence these children have been flown on United aircraft.”

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