HP Condemns Separation of Children from Parents at Mexico Border

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It’s rare for companies to comment on government and politics, but HP Inc. yesterday issued a statement on the current U.S. administration’s practice of separating children from parents seeking to enter the United States from Mexico.

HP Inc. issued the following statement today:

“HP believes responsible and equitable trade and immigration policies are key drivers of growth and innovation for US companies. To remain competitive, we must maintain the ability to attract and hire the best talent from across the globe. Our workforce should be as diverse as the communities and customers we serve. HP does not support measures that discriminate against any group or limit our ability to hire the best for our business. We condemn the current practice of separating families at the border and call on the US government to stop the practice and reunite the families.” (emphasis added by editor).

Reuters recently reported that over 2,300 children were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border between May 5 and June 9 under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The new policy directs border officials to refer for prosecution all immigrants apprehended while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, regardless of whether they are entering the country illegally or seeking asylum from violence or death. It also entails that the children’s parents are automatically jailed while their children are deployed to immigration camps in facilities such as old box stores or tent cities. Meanwhile, the location and status of hundreds of these children have already been misplaced.

Immigration advocates and legal experts have said there is no clear system in place to reunite them.

Last year at this time, HP Inc. also issued a statement condemning the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

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