Alameda Health System Workers, Community Groups and Leaders Gather In Support of Maria Mendoza Sanchez and her Family
On Monday, August 14th, Highland Hospital nurse Maria Mendoza Sanchez was joined by fellow healthcare workers and more than 300 community allies to make a public demand to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from moving forward with her deportation.
For over a decade, Maria and her family have been fighting to receive asylum and to be granted the right to live permanently in the U.S. Because of our broken immigration system, Maria and her family are now being torn apart. In May ICE informed her that she, her husband, and one of her children are to be deported.
“ICE priorities are misguided. We are facing a severe nursing shortage here in Alameda County, and Maria is a dedicated nurse who cares for cancer patients,” said John Pearson a fellow nurse at Highland Hospital and SEIU 1021 Alameda Health System Chapter President. “It’s shameful that ICE is ripping her away from her family, her home, and the patients who need her.”
“ICE is terrorizing our communities by tearing families apart,” said SEIU 1021 East Bay Vice President Gary Jimenez. “They’re targeting our co-workers and our neighbors. We need to end our nation’s enforcement-only approach and start upholding our values as a country.”
Maria is a dedicated and talented nurse whose patients and family need her. Please consider showing your support to Maria and her family during this difficult time via her GoFundMe page.