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ELKO – Longtime Elko residents Mark and Susie Sanders will share personal insights they have gained while living part-time near the U.S./Mexico border.

Their discussion begins at 6 p.m. June 19 in the Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital conference room. The public is invited to attend.

As Arizona snowbirds living near the border in Green Valley, the couple has immersed themselves in immigration issues. They’ve joined Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans, a nonpolitical, nonprofit group dedicated to saving lives in the desert.

The Samaritans volunteer at a soup kitchen, witness hearings for migrants and asylum-seekers, and deliver water and supplies to trails used by people fleeing violence from countries south of the U.S. border. They will show items found on these trails during their speech.

The Sanders have become aware of the need for immigration reform, including issues involving DACA, DREAMERS, asylum-seekers and family separations at the border. They will be happy to field questions from the audience. Both Mark and Susie admit up front that they do not have any perfect solution to this complex issue.

The presentation is sponsored by the Elko Dems who meet the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the NNRH Conference Room. Recently local Dems have held several candidate forums, hosted a county convention, spoke to County Commissioners about Spanish-language ballots, supported a letter writing campaign related to mining in the Ruby Mountains, and have discussed policies relating to fair elections, responsible gun ownership, mental health funding, and the health of the environment. Any interested person is welcome to attend meetings.

For more information, email, find them on Facebook at elkocountydems or visit

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