QUESTION: The other day I saw the Border Patrol arresting a group of illegal immigrants. With the group was a little girl, about age 7. Does the U.S. Attorney's Office ever prosecute smugglers or the parents for child endangerment? — Observer, Calexico
Never. There is no federal child endangerment law, according to U.S. Attorney Pete Lewis, who supervises the U.S. Attorney's Office operations in Imperial County.
If such a prosecution is indicated, it would be up to the local prosecutor's office under state law, Lewis said.
If there were an especially egregious case of endangerment causing serious injury or death to a child, we think federal prosecutors could find a federal statute to cover the offense.
QUESTION: Do the people putting water in the desert do anything to keep the water cold? If not, it must be pretty warm when the illegal aliens get to it. Do they know if crossers are drinking the water? — Concerned, El Centro