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Middleton resident on front lines of asylum process


June 20, 2019

What level, and type, of abuse and fear qualify as enough to clear the first government hurdle on the road to being granted asylum immigrant status in the United States? Middleton resident Charis Zimmick, 27, found disturbing answers to this question last August, when she volunteered at a U.S. detention center near the border of Texas and Mexico.

Giving a shout-out to the teaching skills of Middleton High School Spanish instructor, Jennifer Hurlbut, Zimmick describes herself as “conversationally fluent” in Spanish. She’s also a third-year UW-Madison law student, primed to graduate th...

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