PITTSBURGH, PA—June 22, 2018—In response to the issue of immigration and children being separated from their parents at U.S. borders, ONS joined the broader healthcare community in petitioning the federal government to change the administration’s policy.
ONS, along with its coalition partners in the Nursing Community Coalition, sent a letter to Kirstjen M. Nielsen, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, requesting that immediate action be taken to change the government’s edict regarding the separation of immigrant children from their parents.
On Wednesday, June 20, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order titled “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation,” reversing the administration’s previous policy. The order’s statements now emphasize that “it is also the policy of this administration to maintain family unity” along with enforcing immigration law. ONS applauds the administration’s shift in policy.
ONS is a professional association of more than 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at
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