This is why the Trump administration sought to enforce the law in a policy that, according to current rules, forced the separation of children from the adults they came to to the United States with.
A change in the law to allow everyone to be held together was apparently a nonstarter among Democrats, who would rather wail about SS Officer Trump separting families upon arrival.
And of course, they want these people here, as many as possible.
The Mexican and Central American migrants are poor, but they’re not stupid. And so they game the system.
According to the Wall street Journal:
The number of Central American families with children arriving at the U.S. border seeking asylum has surged in recent years—and they keep coming, as more migrant caravans make their way through Mexico.
Having children in tow can be a successful tactic because of American immigration rules. Families from crime-ridden Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are able to gain entry by demonstrating a credible fear of returning home.
Then, as they wait for court hearings on their asylum claims in a process that can take years, most are released into the U.S. because of a 20-day limit on detaining minors; an adult traveling alone could be detained much longer.
Doris Paz, a 29-year-old mother of three, said that is how her sister-in-law reached San Antonio. It is how a neighbor recently crossed into the U.S. with two children. It is why a cousin grabbed her children and joined a caravan of migrants that left Honduras last month. And it is why Ms. Paz joined the same caravan with her 6-year-old son.
“They say that bringing your child is your ticket in,” said Ms. Paz. After a few days walking with her son under tropical heat, however, she turned around and went home.
In fiscal year 2018, which ran from October 2017 to September 2018, a record of 107,212 immigrants traveling in families were apprehended at the U.S. border with Mexico, compared with 14,855 in fiscal year 2013, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The number of apprehended families hit a new monthly record in October, with officials catching roughly 23,100 immigrants traveling as families. Most are coming from Central America.