Texas Nurses Association members, staff and board of directors urge a trauma-informed approach to housing families awaiting processing
Texas nurses are concerned by the policy of separating children from their families upon entry into the United States.
The effects of separation at a young age are traumatic and can have long-lasting health consequences including an increased risk of PTSD, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The long-term health of children is best supported by keeping them with their families and ceasing their separation from parents at the border.
The Code of Ethics for Nurses stresses a dedication to preserving the rights of vulnerable groups, including children. Protecting the health of the children affected should be a top priority.
We call on our elected officials at all levels to take action immediately to stop the policy of separation, before even more children are irreversibly harmed.