A reader sent me this news article quoting Joseph Giuliano, deputy chief border patrol agent in Washington State. The article notes

The parents who entered the country illegally
are still required to attend their court date and go through
deportation proceedings, he said.

The mother and daughter from Guatemala were released because the father, who was in the car with them, is a U.S. citizen.

Giuliano said Border Patrol agents confiscated $600 of illegally harvest salal from the family.

If the mother and daughter don't show up for their court date, the father can lose his citizenship, Giuliano said.

This is SO incorrect it is laughable. And it is an abuse of power to make this kind of threat. The Border Patrol needs to issue a correction and an apology.