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The National League for Nursing Responds to the Separation of Families at US Borders

June 19, 2018

For Immediate Release Contact: Khalilah Long
The National League for Nursing Responds to the Separation of Families at US Borders

The League Calls on US Government to Immediately
End Family Separation
Washington, DC, June 19, 2018 — National League for Nursing (NLN) joins other nursing organizations in a joint statement urging the United States government to end the policy of separating immigrant families at US boarders. The mission of the NLN is to promote excellence in nursing education to build a stronger and more diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of our nation and the global community. This Department of Homeland Security policy does not advance the health of our nation nor the global community's wellbeing.

We stand together with our nursing colleagues urging the Administration to protect the health and wellness of all children — including immigrant children. We stand with our colleagues urging the Administration to reverse this policy.

Below is the full statement signed by approximately 30 other nursing organizations.

    The Honorable Kirstjen J. Nielsen
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 205252

Dear Secretary Nielsen,

On behalf of the 33 undersigned national nursing organizations, representing the cross section of nursing education, research, and practice, we implore the Department of Homeland Security and the overall Administration to protect the health and wellness of immigrant children.

As a profession, we are committed to the patient, the family, the community, and the populations our members serve. At the core of our education is holistic care that encompasses the physical and mental wellbeing of all — at any age and in any location. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is well documented that when immigrant children are detained and separated from their parents, they can develop toxic stress, which can adversely impact their development. Nurses are empowered to protect the most vulnerable populations. Children of immigrant families are the embodiment of those our profession has committed to protect through compassionate and evidence-based care.

Our profession requests immediate action be taken to protect the health of immigrant children and reverse the current policy. Their young minds, their health, and their ability to thrive in the future is of utmost importance. If our organizations can be of any assistance, please contact Dr. Suzanne Miyamoto, at, or at 202-463-6930.


American Academy of Nursing 
American Association of Colleges of Nursing 
American Association of Nurse Practitioners 
American College of Nurse-Midwives 
American Nephrology Nurses Association 
American Nurses Association 
American Organization of Nurse Executives
American Psychiatric Nurses Association 
American Society for Pain Management Nursing 
Association of Community Health Nursing Educators Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses  
Association of Public Health Nurses 
Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Dermatology Nurses' Association 
Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association  International Association of Forensic Nurses 
International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists 
National Association of Hispanic Nurses 
National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners National Association of Neonatal Nurses  
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners National Association of School Nurses 
National Black Nurses Association 
National Council of State Boards of Nursing 
National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers 
National League for Nursing   
National Nurse-Led Care Consortium  
Oncology Nursing Society 
Organization for Associate Degree Nursing 

The Honorable Alex Azar 


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