“What would stop a parent from crossing the border so she could provide for her children?”
You would cross, too. No matter the cost or hardship— a parent will do whatever it takes to make things better for their family. You or I would do the same thing.
In a nutshell this is why Trump’s wall is a dumb, dangerous idea. A new physical wall will have no impact on illegal immigration as it’s a policy and economics problem, not a problem of access. (Never mind the fact that we just built a wall after 9/11!)
If the GOP cared about this issue they’d offer amnesty to the millions living here illegally… have those people pay a fine and go through the full immigration process. Then offer a pathway to citizenship for the 800,000 Dreamers as they’ve done nothing wrong and broken no laws. Lastly, vastly expand the temporary worker visa program so workers can easily go back and forth seasonally to do the low wage, low skill jobs Americans don’t want. Make it easy for farms and factories to bring people and guarantee workers they can come back so they can go home in the off-season. Duh!
Treat our immigrants with the respect they deserve and we will better manage illegal immigration.
Trump’s plan will only strengthen organized crime by making human trafficking more lucrative for traffickers and more treacherous for people crossing the border. Already, many gangs have given up drug trafficking as trafficking humans is more lucrative.