American Airlines told the federal government to "immediately refrain" from using its planes to transport children who have been separated from their families who crossed the US-Mexico border.
Like many other US airlines, American has contracts with the federal government that allow authorities to use its planes to provide for certain travel. For example, the company said it has "carried refugees for non-profits and the government."
"We have no desire to be associated with separating families, or worse, to profit from it," the company said in a statement Wednesday. "We have every expectation the government will comply with our request and we thank them for doing so."
"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," the statement reads.