State and federal agencies have received complaints of abuse taking place at a facility in San Antonio Texas, where migrant children are being detained.
“These problems are a byproduct of President (Joe) Biden’s open-border policies and the lack of planning at the fallout of those disastrous policies,” Abbott said.
— WCNC Charlotte (@wcnc) April 8, 2021
According to reports, the number of migrant children being detained at a facility in San Antonio, Texas has tripled in number in less than two weeks. Accordingly, the state and federal agencies have received complaints about abuse taking place in the facility.
On March 29, there were 500 male children between the ages of 13 and 17 that were taken to the Freeman Expo Center. Then as of Monday this week, that number skyrocketed, from 500 to 1,370 children.
Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) said, there are “too many people coming in. Not enough people going out.” Cuellar added, “Right now we are facing a humanitarian crisis and I do use the word crisis.”
.@GregAbbott_TX said there have been multiple complaints that allege sexual abuse and neglect at Freeman Coliseum, where migrant children are beign housed. Here's the @ExpressNews story on Wednesday's developments. https://t.co/3zutqmmyBJ via @expressnews
— Peter A. Rasmussen (@parasmuss) April 8, 2021
Meanwhile, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is calling on Biden to shut down the facility after the Department of Health and Human Services as well as the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has received complaints of child abuse taking place there.
Abbott added that the complaints include allegations of sexual assault, a failure to separate children infected with COVID-19 from others, children not eating, and an insufficient number of staffers.
“In short, this facility is a health and safety nightmare. The Biden administration is now presiding over the abuse of children,” Abbott told reporters.
Abbott added that the current situation was a “byproduct of Biden’s open border policies” and the administration’s failure to plan for these consequences.
HAPPENING NOW: Governor Abbott is speaking at a news conference at San Antonio's Freeman Coliseum, which houses unaccompanied minors. He says state agencies received tips regarding the mistreatment of children there. Abbott says, "This facility is a health and safety nightmare."
— Reena Jade Diamante (@reenajade) April 7, 2021
Migrant children at the facility are supposed to be either transferred to one of the Department of Health and Human Services’ long-term shelters, or to sponsor home.
The Texas governor also called on the Texas Department of Public Safety as well as the Texas Rangers to immediately open an investigation into the allegations of sexual and child abuse that is happening in the facility.
Meanwhile, 275 sheriffs sent a letter to Biden urging the President to get the border crisis under control.
During a “Fox & Friends” segment on Thursday, Bristol County Massachusett Sheriff Thomas Hodgson discussed the letter that 275 sheriffs have signed, urging the Biden to have the border crisis under control.
Hodgson said, “The sheriffs across this country are mobilizing. We really have made this point several times and President Biden knows it, that open borders don’t work and they’re exposing our citizens to more transnational gangs, to violence in our communities, more drugs pouring into our communities, sex, and human trafficking out of control and now national security threats.”
Is this the "dignity and humanity" you were referring to under the Biden Admin?
Doesn't look very dignifying and humane.
Open borders don't work, and the #BidenBorderCrisis is proof.
— Rep. Madison Cawthorn (@RepCawthorn) March 29, 2021
Hodgson added that they want the people of the nation, together with sheriffs to mobilize and let the president know that it is not okay to put his “politics—and this is a reckless effort on his part—to put his politics before the safety and security of the people of this nation and our efforts to keep our promise and our oath to keep them safe.”
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is expected to visit two Texas border towns this Thursday. He is also set to meet with local law enforcement officials in McAllen and El Paso.