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The Youngest Border Crossers

The number of unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border is exploding. There's no use pretending there's an easy solution to this immigration problem.
There is no satisfactory way to deal with the thousands of children suddenly at the border. Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images
There is no satisfactory way to deal with the thousands of children suddenly at the border. Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images

Americans have grown accustomed to watching grim refugee crises unfold in distant nations. There is now one metastasizing on their southern border.

The number of undocumented, unaccompanied children caught by U.S. border agents is soaring. In 2011, there were about 4,000. This year, there will be about 60,000. In the past few weeks, a surge in apprehensions has overwhelmed holding facilities. Yesterday, President Barack Obama ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate the federal response to an "urgent humanitarian situation."