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‘Our Children Draw Strength and Inspiration From our Moral Courage. They are Watching,’ Highlights Magazine Condemns Trump’s Detention Centers

After a report exposing the inhumane conditions at President Donald Trump’s immigrant detention center in Clint, Texas was released, Highlights Magazine CEO Kent Johnson issued a statement condemning family separation at the border. He called on readers to contact their government representatives to halt the practice in the name of “human decency.”

“As a company that helps children become their best selves — curious, creative, caring, and confident — we want kids to understand the importance of having moral courage. Moral courage means standing up for what we believe is right, honest, and ethical — even when it is hard,” Johnson wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.

“Our company’s core believe, stated each month in Highlights magazine, is that ‘Children are the world’s most important people,'” he continued. “That is a believe about ALL children.”

“With this core believe 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 said.

“This is not a political statement about immigration policy,” he added. “This is a statement about human decency, plain and simple. This is a plea for recognition that these are not simply the children of strangers for whom others are accountable. This is an appeal to elevate the inalienable right of all children to feel safe and to have the opportunity to become their best selves.”

“Let our children draw strength and inspiration from our collective display of moral courage. They are watching,” he concluded.

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