USA Today, Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The government recently said it would prosecute aliens entering illegally, even those traveling with children. This seemingly harsh policy actually protects foreign nationals.
Illegal entry is a crime. Prosecuting illegal entrants deters it. Deterrence avoids the dangers of smuggling, as women and children "often find themselves at risk for assault and abuse such as rape, beatings, kidnapping and robbery" at smugglers' hands, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The makeup of aliens entering illegally has also changed. Before 2011, more than 90% of arriving aliens were single adult males; today, 40% are families and children.
Why? Aliens believe they won't be detained if they arrive with children.