Bonita Springs father awaits family’s return from Gaza

Reporter: Claire Galt Writer: Annalise Iraola
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A Bonita Springs father is waiting to hear from his daughter and her family, who are trapped in Gaza. 

Emilee Rauschenberger is one of 30 in a shelter and was visiting her husband’s family when the attack happened Saturday. 

WINK News spoke to her father John, who just wants them back home in Bonita Springs. 

“What about the Americans? What about my American daughter and her five American kids? How do we get them out? That’s my frustration and darn right, I’m scared,” he said. 

Asked if he was worried if his loved ones were going to die, he answered, “Well, you know, they’re in a war zone, so yeah … I try not think about it.”

Congressman Byron Donalds’ office told Rauschenberger he is putting pressure on the Biden Administration to open the border to get them out.

Senator Marco Rubio called to say he’s working on a plan of action too.

Rauschenberger said he hopes Donalds and Rubio can do something before it’s too late.

Donalds’ office said they are in constant communication with the Rauschenberger family and will do everything they can to get his family out.

Senator Rubio’s office said they’ll keep in the loop on how they plan to do it.

This is a developing story, stay tuned for updates and watch WINK News at 6 p.m. for the full report.

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