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Too many people in my country are victims—through no fault of their own. They are victims of an economic and political situation that is systematically forcing them out of their homes. They are victims of poverty, and victims of violence. Worst of all, those fleeing danger are downtrodden by abuse and exploitation from those they look to for help.

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In recent years, the flow of migration has changed drastically. Ten years ago, the people showing up on our doorstep were young men, suffering violence at home. Now, it’s children, women, the elderly, entire families. We’re seeing whole nations in Central America struggling with extreme political violence and volatility that impacts the entire country. We witnessed this most recently in the highly publicized “migrant caravan” that generated significant headlines and political debate.

Every human has a right to basic security, and yet those we support have often been attacked for no other reason than for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But in this country, in this region, in this century, we are running out of the “right” places. Everyone is at risk and levels of forced migration continue to grow. We take in 1,000 people at La 72 every month. Last month, a record number of 115 people showed up in a single day.

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