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From May 13-16, I accompanied a delegation from Long Island to Tucson, Arizona, and Nogales, Mexico, where we learned firsthand about the ongoing humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, and the forces that drive people to undertake the journey north.
The reality is stunning in sheer magnitude: Since 1994, there have been more than 6,000 confirmed deaths on the border.
That figure, however, only begins to quantify the crisis, according to Gene Lefebvre, a co-founder of the faith-based migrant aid organization, No More Deaths.
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