Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday called on the White House to shut down a San Antonio facility housing migrant children over allegations that children were sexually assaulted.
At a press conference Wednesday night, Abbott said he received advice that the children at Freeman Coliseum were being sexually abused and were not eating enough.
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“These problems are a by-product of President Biden’s open border policies and the lack of planning for the fallout from these dire policies,” Abbott told reporters.
The governor said separate complaints were sent to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on Wednesday alleging four different types of child abuse.
The agencies then informed state leaders.
Abbott said allegations of sexual assault, an insufficient number of staff, children not eating and an inability to separate COVID-19 positive children from virus-free children were the most critical complaints the government had. from Texas received.
“In short, this facility is a health and safety nightmare. The Biden administration is now presiding over child abuse,” Abbott told reporters, calling on the White House to immediately shut down the facility.
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The governor called on the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to immediately open an investigation into the allegations of child abuse.
“The Biden administration caused this crisis and has repeatedly failed to address it,” Abbott said. “The administration did not plan for the influx of children it invited to come. Now they face allegations of child abuse and neglect.”