Migrant children held at an improvised facility in San Antonio have been sexually assaulted and neglected, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, calling on the Biden administration to shut it down and move the minors somewhere safer.
“Children at this facility are being sexually assaulted,” Abbott told reporters on Wednesday evening, outside the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio. Moreover, complaints received by two state agencies earlier in the day also said some children weren’t being adequately fed, there wasn’t enough staff to oversee them, and that those with Covid-19 weren’t separated from the healthy ones, endangering everyone.
“In short, this facility is a health and safety nightmare,” Abbott said.
I’m asking @TxDPS & TX Rangers to investigate allegations of child abuse & neglect inside the Freeman Coliseum migrant child facility.Biden’s open border policy caused this crisis. I’m calling on the administration to shut down the facility immediately. pic.twitter.com/wbjiB6lVzR
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 7, 2021
The state Health and Human Services commission and Department of Family and Protective Services separately received tips about the facility earlier in the day, and Abbott has instructed the Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to begin investigating them right away.
“These problems are a byproduct of President Biden’s open border policies and the lack of planning for the fallout” of those policies, the governor said. “The Biden administration is now presiding over the abuse of children.”
He called on the White House to “immediately” close down the facility and move the children to federally run facilities with enough “space, personnel and resources to ensure their safety.”
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Abbott, a Republican, blasted the Democrat administration for opening the borders and failing to plan for the influx of children “that they invited to come.”
“The Biden administration caused this crisis, and has repeatedly failed to address it,” he said. “This must end.”
Abbott said it wasn’t clear how many children had been sexually assaulted, but that the authorities were concerned it could have been more than one. He called the allegations “very credible” and coming from more than one person who had been inside the facility, but could not give any more details.
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