RELEASE: Ahead of Child Separation Anniversary, Dozens of Groups Launch Effort to Demand Corporate America Ostracize Officials Responsible

Campaign Kicks off with Full-Page New York Times Ad and Open Letter to America’s CEOs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Restore Public Trust today announced a new campaign backed by a coalition of more than three dozen civil rights, immigration, government accountability and other organizations calling on Fortune 500 CEOs and corporate America to firmly reject senior officials involved in the Trump Administration’s horrific family separation policy.

The group launched detailing more than three dozen current and former administration officials who were instrumental in planning, implementing, and defending the policy. Sunday’s New York Times will feature a hard-hitting, full-page ad calling on CEOs to ostracize these officials from their businesses.

“It’s been one year since the Trump administration announced their ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy and ripped innocent children from the arms of their families seeking refuge at our border,” said Karl Frisch, spokesperson for Restore Public Trust. “Unfortunately, this shameful episode in our nation’s history still hasn’t ended. And while the American people are still demanding answers about this heinous policy, many of the individuals involved in crafting, implementing, and defending it have yet to be held accountable. Some of these individuals have already left the administration, others will in the future. Regardless of when they leave, they shouldn’t be allowed to seek refuge in America’s boardrooms or corner offices.”

The new campaign comes ahead of the April 6th anniversary of the Trump Administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy that led to the child separation crisis. While President Trump technically rescinded the policy, the government continues to separate children, many remain separated from their families, and may potentially be orphaned by the government.

The coalition is also releasing an open letter penned to America’s CEOs calling on them to make clear they will not hire for employment, contract for consulting, or seat on their boards anyone involved in the development or implementation of the administration’s family separation policy.

View the New York Times ad HERE and read the open letter to America’s CEOs HERE.

“There are some lines that simply cannot be crossed,” continued Frisch. “Tearing children away from their parents and putting them in cages to send a message to migrant families seeking asylum is reprehensible. The senior administration officials responsible cannot be allowed to walk through the revolving door into corporate America’s welcoming arms.”

Members of the coalition represent hundreds of thousands of Americans, and include the following organizations: Restore Public Trust, Allied Progress, America’s Voice, American Bridge, Bridges Faith Initiative, CASA In Action, Center For Popular Democracy, Equity Forward, Faith in Public Life, Jobs With Justice, Main Street Alliance, MomsRising, National Immigration Law Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, Workers Defense Project, California Reinvestment Coalition, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights – CHIRLA, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Make the Road New York, AMEXCAN, North Carolina Justice Center, Raleigh Immigration, InterReligious Task Force On Central America and Colombia, Ohio Immigrant Alliance, Transformations CDC, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center, American Gateways, Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee, Fuerza Del Valle, La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), Mexican American Legislative Caucus, Proyecto Azteca, RAICES, Texas Civil Rights Project, Workers Defense Project, Youth Rise Texas, OneAmerica.

Earlier this year, Restore Public Trust launched a broader campaign to hold accountable the agencies, companies, and individuals who are responsible for developing, implementing, and/or defending the policy. Restore Public Trust will also drive accountability campaigns against lawmakers in their home states and target corporations who are benefiting from the policy. This week, Restore Public Trust released a new poll showing that Colorado and Arizona voters overwhelmingly oppose the Trump administration’s family separation policy. The poll also found that Arizonans and Coloradans would support challengers to their Republican Senators if they fail to do their job and hold the administration accountable for the crisis.

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