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Your Opinion: Taxpayers banned from federal courthouse

Your Opinion: Taxpayers banned from federal courthouse

June 11th, 2018 by Liz Briscoe Wilson, Jefferson City in Opinion

Dear Editor:

Today, as I write that, June 1 is my 49th wedding anniversary of being married to a retired CSM, Robert Wilson.

We have served our country in the military for 26 years and as an educator for 45 years as American citizens, however today I learned I am not entitled to enter the federal courthouse without an appointment. I did not know that.

I served on the federal grand jury for three years as the "foreperson" with the awesome federal judge Felix Scott. Today I wanted to voice my concern to a representative of my federal government regarding children being separated from their parents at the border. This will have a lasting permanent detrimental impact on those children for their entire life, remember I am a retired teacher and I know children who have suffered emotionally and physically from events not nearly as traumatic as this. I cannot sit or standby and do absolutely nothing as an American citizen.

We were told there was no one in the federal courthouse who would listen to our concerns or would even take a written statement from us by a U.S. marshal named Eric. There were four of us, but only two were willing to go inside the courthouse. I know I am a superbad old lady, but really. I will not give up on helping the children. I will donate to ACLU and hopefully help organize more "superbad" Americans to protest and demonstrate this violation of human rights for the children seeking a better life in the USA. I saw the concentration camps in Germany when were stationed there for three years. I will not be silent, even if I cannot be allowed to enter a building paid for with my tax dollars in a free country.

I got into East Berlin through Checkpoint Charlie when we lived in Germany, but I can't get into the federal courthouse in 2018.