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Victoria, Chile
September 22, 2015

About ten days ago, I had the pleasure of going through final procedures to obtain my permanent residency permit here in Chile.

Sitting in the waiting lounge of the Civil Registry office in downtown Santiago, I found myself struck by the mix of people.

Many of them were from Venezuela, people who are fleeing extreme hyperinflation and food shortages back home. They're coming here in search of a better life.

It's sort of a modern day version of the Irish Potato Famine.

Back in the mid 1800s, Ireland was going through one of the worst famines in its history.

Between a plant disease that wiped out their food supply, and short-sighted government policies that only made things worse, millions of Irish were left starving and homeless.

The smart ones escaped to the Land of Opportunity: the United States.

It wasn't an easy journey back then. One in five died from disease or malnutrition during the voyage to America.

And once they landed...