The major media for weeks have been covering the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe resulting from the terror that an unchecked Islamic State has brought to Syria. Now forgotten is our own ongoing refugee crisis: Tens of thousands of Central American minors continue to cross into the United States, primarily along the Texas border, each year.

This remarkable migration of teens and children from Central America received intense media coverage when the inflow of unaccompanied minors spiked last year from the current rate of about 40,000 annually to more than 60,000. Similar, but not officially reported, numbers of children arrived with a parent (usually the mother), overwhelming the government’s ability to process or house these immigrants. But after a few months of political finger-pointing and the eventual dispersal of the new influx to communities throughout the country, the media’s attention waned.

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