Press Release

Nurses Will Join March to ICE Field Office Tomorrow to Demand an End to the Forced Separation of Families and Detention of Immigrant Children

RNs Protest in El Paso, TX

El Paso, Texas, Tuesday June 19 – 9 a.m.

Nurses, members of National Nurses Organizing Committee-Texas (NNOC-Texas), representing 1700 RNs from four El Paso hospitals, will join numerous other organizations Tuesday, June 19, in a march to the ICE Field Office in El Paso to protest the forced separation of families and detention of immigrant children.

“As nurses of El Paso who care for the border community in the middle of the Chihuahuan desert we are outraged that the U.S. government is forcefully separating children from their parents and detaining them in tents in Tornillo,” said the El Paso nurses in a recent statement by NNOC-Texas.

What: Rally and march for immigrant rights and against family separation and the detention of children.
When: Tuesday June 19, 2018 – 9 a.m.
Where: March starts at Edgemere Linear Park - intersection of Edgemere and Likins Dr. March ends at El Paso Processing Center/ICE Field Office/BP Sector Headquarters, 8915 Montana Ave, El Paso.

Images from the protest:

Nurses Say Families Belong Together — El Paso, June 19

Media Availability: El Paso RNs are available for media interviews on the harmful health effects of the current immigration policies, including forced family separation and the detention of children at the U.S. border.

The current conditions in Tornillo are absolutely harmful to the health and well-being of the detained children say El Paso nurses, and they are absolutely opposed to the plan to expand this practice to Fort Bliss, a desert military base that is larger than the state of Rhode Island and inaccessible to the general public and to local services including healthcare, education and community.

NNOC-Texas is affiliated with National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest and fastest growing union of registered nurses with 150,000 members nationwide.

NNOC/NNU have signed on to a letter, circulated by the Border Network for Human Rights, demanding that Attorney General Sessions, Secretary of Homeland Security Nielsen, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Azar.

  1. Act immediately to stop the detention and incarceration of migrant children at the border and elsewhere in the United States. Refrain from using the Tornillo Port-of-Entry and Fort Bliss for the mass incarceration of immigrant children.
  2. Put an immediate stop to family separation such that parents and children are reunited and allowed to pursue their claims outside of detention.
  3. Cease and desist from turnbacks of asylum seekers so that the fear expressed by all who seek asylum is recognized, respected, and granted due process.

A full list of the demands can be seen here.