The year's most remarkable, yet untold, story

Record numbers of unaccompanied minor immigrants are illegally crossing into the United States but little is being reported about how they are doing it.

It's a stunning, even heroic, story about how almost three-fourths of the thousands of children apprehended crossing the brooder into the U.S. are from Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador. How the hell did they make the trip? How did they successfully cross into America over a supposedly protected border?

Did they walk all the way from Central America by themselves? Hitchhike? Is there some people or organization helping them? What did they expect to find in America? Where would they go?

This is a story of incredible drama, derring do daring-do and emotion, yet much of the mainstream media coverage has passed over it. Instead, the coverage focuses on what to do to care for those who are caught. That's a critical part of the story, but it is far from all of it. Perhaps it is my 40 years of journalistic experience, but if I were an editor or producer with a staff at hand, I'd have reporters out there digging up answers to the amazing human interest story.

Here, in, is one story that I found that provides some of the answers.

What was America's greatest come-from-behind war? Go here to find out.

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  • Derring-do? Dennis, I've had the same questions myself. Thanks for raising them here.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thanks for the cx. I was caught getting lazy.

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