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Pepe Barros Huffens has been living in Wisconsin for three years. He works for the city of Madison.
One day this past October, he was in the car with his wife. She was driving and he was checking a message on his phone — it was from a friend he hasn't spoken with in almost a decade. The friend tells Huffens that in Chile, their home country, things are bad. Really, really bad.
"He's literally in tears, telling me that what's happening in Chile is a real crisis," Huffens recalls.