Kids’ magazine Highlights denounces ‘unconscionable’ migrant family separation

Highlights, a children’s magazine mainstay, denounced the Trump administration’s practice of family separation at the southern border. 

In a statement published Tuesday on Twitter, Highlights CEO Kent Johnson spoke against the “practice of separating immigrant children from their families,” calling it “unconscionable” and damaging to young children.

“Our company’s core belief … is that ‘Children are the world’s most important people,'” he wrote. “This is a belief about ALL children.”

The letter urges its readers to take action, irrespective of political views, to contact representatives to speak out against the practice of family separation. 

At Highlights, our core belief is that children are the world's most important people. In light of the reports of the living conditions of detained children & threats of further deportation & family separation, here is a statement from our CEO Kent Johnson.

Highlights, best known for recurring sections such as Hidden Pictures and the cartoon “Goofus and Gallant,” has, up to this point, refrained from making statements regarding any administration’s policies. In May, conservative watchdog group One Million Moms spoke out against its decision to begin including LGBT families on its magazine.

Johnson ends his letter with a moral plea. “Let our children draw strength and inspiration from our collective display of moral courage,” he said. “They are watching.”

Highlights has not responded to a request for comment from USA TODAY.

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders resigned Tuesday after outcry regarding how migrant children are treated in detention camps, particularly in a detention facility in Clint, Texas.

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