State investigation into allegations of abuse, neglect at federally run unaccompanied minor facility

Border issues

AUSTIN – Gov. Abbott has directed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to investigate allegations of child abuse and neglect inside a federally run unaccompanied minor facility in San Antonio. In a press conference outside of the facility today, the Governor announced the state has received complaints that include allegations of sexual assault, a shortage of staff to properly supervise the children inside the facility, and that the children in the facility are not eating throughout the day. The complaints also allege children that have tested positive for COVID-19 are not being physically separated from children who have tested negative.

Gov. Abbott said these conditions are a result of President Biden’s refusal to secure the border and his administration’s lack of planning for the fallout of his open border policies. During the press conference, the Governor demanded President Biden shut down the facility to stop any further abuse and move these children to federally run facilities in other states where the federal government has the space, personnel, and resources to ensure their safety.

“The Biden administration opened the borders and failed to plan for the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border, and now we are faced with our worst fears—allegations of child abuse and neglect,” said Governor Abbott. “I am calling on the Biden administration to close this facility, and I am directing the DPS and the Texas Rangers to immediately begin investigating these allegations. President Biden’s disastrous decisions caused this crisis, and his administration must act now to protect these children, secure the border, and end this crisis.”

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