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Illegal immigration talk in Janesville

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Gazette staff
September 18, 2011
— Janesville native Gary Meinert will talk about illegal immigration and how it affects Wisconsin and Illinois during a 6 p.m. talk, Thursday at Janesville Holiday Inn Express, 3100 Wellington Place.

Meinert lives eight months of the year in Green Valley, Ariz., about halfway between Tucson and Nogales, Mexico. While in Green Valley, he and a friend travel off road, where the desert stretches for miles in all directions.


For several years, Meinert has used his camera to capture more than 400 photos documenting events on the Mexican border. They show everything from people fleeing into the wilderness because they have entered the United States illegally to millions of dollars worth of confiscated drugs.


Meinert serves on the Citizens Advisory Board of the Nogales Border Patrol Station, the largest in the country. He has given slide shows to groups in several states, been a guest on radio talk shows and has briefed state legislators and U.S. Congressmen on the border situation.


Living 36 miles from the border, Meinert says he has had the opportunity to view first-hand what he calls "a major crisis."


Meinert is partnering with Rock County Voter Education Forum to present the free program. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For information, go online to rockcovoterforum@charter.net.



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