Kids’ Magazine ‘Highlights’ Blasts Trump Admin’s Treatment Of Child Migrants

TOPSHOT - Security personal stand before shoes and toys left at the Tornillo Port of Entry where minors crossing the border without proper papers have been housed after being separated from adults, June 21, 2018 in T... TOPSHOT - Security personal stand before shoes and toys left at the Tornillo Port of Entry where minors crossing the border without proper papers have been housed after being separated from adults, June 21, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. - President Donald Trump ordered an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents on the US border June 20, 2018, reversing a tough policy under heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the international community. The spectacular about-face comes after more than 2,300 children were stripped from their parents and adult relatives after illegally crossing the border since May 5 and placed in tent camps and other facilities, with no way to contact their relatives. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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June 26, 2019 3:34 p.m.

Kent Johnson, the CEO of children’s magazine “Highlights,” on Tuesday torched the Trump administration’s “unconscionable” policies of stuffing child migrants in squalid detention centers and separating them from their families.

“Our company’s core belief, stated each month in Highlights magazine, is that ‘Children are the world’s most important people,'” Johnson said in a statement posted on Highlights’ Twitter account. “This is a belief about ALL children.”

“With this core belief in our minds and hearts, we denounce the practice of separating immigrant children from their families and urge our government to cease this activity, which is unconscionable and causes irreparable damage to young lives,” he continued.

Johnson wrote that the denunciation was about “human decency, plain and simple,” not a political statement about immigration policy.

“Let our children draw strength and inspiration from our collective display of moral courage,” Johnson wrote. “They’re watching.”

The overcrowded child detention centers, a result of President Donald Trump’s crackdown on asylum-seekers, have recently been exposed as filthy with rotting food and no soap given to the kids. Despite the children being held in such poor conditions, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have been rejecting donations of food and humanitarian supplies.

Meanwhile, Trump continues to blame Democrats for the crisis, saying that the problem could be fixed if they agreed to tighter immigration restrictions.

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