A 5-year-old boy in Surprise is accused of sexual misconduct for pulling his pants down on the playground.
The mother of Eric Lopez says back in April, her son was on the playground at Ashton Ranch Elementary School when another student told him to pull his pants down or else he would do it for him.
Erica Martinez’s son complied, pulling down his pants and underwear in front of several other students.
When teachers saw what happened, they hauled Eric into the principal’s office where he was forced to sign a document that labeled his actions “sexual misconduct.” Eric received detention as punishment.
When tens of thousands of unaccompanied alien children poured across the southern border in the past few months, many Americans were surprised. But government documents suggest that federal immigration authorities, to some extent, anticipated the crisis and prepared for it.
Over the last month, Americans have been bombarded by images of thousands of children, mostly from Central America, tightly packed in refugee camps on the southern border. This fiscal year has already seen about 47,000 unaccompanied alien children (“UACs”) cross the border, according to the Obama administration, already more than double the number of the previous year. Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress that the influx represents “a problem of humanitarian proportions.”
Meanwhile, the website that displays federal contracts shows that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a subdivision of the Department of Homeland Security, posted two Requests for Information (RFIs) seeking “escort services” for unaccompanied children this spring. The contractors are to convey UACs from the custody of U.S. Border Patrol and other federal agencies to shelters throughout the continental U.S. run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which falls under the Department of Health and Human Services.