FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE AT “THE BORDER”

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The League of Women Voters Food for Thought lunch on Feb. 13 will feature two local women who spent their Christmas Holidays helping migrant families who crossed the border between Mexico and Texas seeking asylum in the United States.

Maria Luna and Marijke van Roogen went to El Paso, Texas planning to stand witness at the largest shelter for migrant children located several miles from El Paso. The purpose of their presence was to protest Family Separation and Children’s Detention. However, upon their arrival in El Paso they learned that several hundred migrants from Guatemala, adults and children, who were seeking asylum had just been brought from a detention facility and dropped off unexpectedly at a downtown bus station in that city.

The two women felt a compelling need to help and found a local volunteer organization that had arrived to provide food and find shelter for the migrants and they eagerly pitched in to assist. 

They will share their experiences with us on Wednesday, February 13 at the Primo Restaurant, 2605 Jackson St. in Oshkosh.

The program begins shortly after noon, so if you plan to have lunch please arrive by 11:50 a.m. to place your order. Interested members of the public are welcome to attend this program. No advance registration is necessary.  Following the presentation audience questions and discussion are encouraged.

Contact Ann Marshall at 920-231-8002 for more information about the luncheon or to learn more about the League of Women Voters of Winnebago County.

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