Thousands of unaccompanied migrant teens at the border could be headed to Dallas

Gov. Abbott statement on unaccompanied minors at the border

AUSTIN – The U.S. government will use downtown Dallas’ convention center to hold up to 3,000 undocumented immigrant teens as sharply higher numbers of border crossings have severely strained the current capacity to hold youths. The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center will be used for up to 90 days beginning as early as this week. That’s according to written notification sent to members of the Dallas City Council and provided to The Associated Press.

Governor Abbott issued a statement on the unaccompanied minor humanitarian crisis. He said it was created by the Biden Administration’s failed immigration policies:

“The Biden Administration’s reckless open border policies have created a humanitarian crisis for unaccompanied minors coming across the border. With no plan in place, the administration has created heartbreaking and inhumane conditions for children who are being held in Texas. We have no idea if these children are being reunited with their families through DNA testing or other means, or if they have been victims of human trafficking,” said Gov. Abbott. “As the Governor of Texas, my responsibility is the health and safety of our citizens, and the Biden Administration’s lack of planning has created a public health and safety emergency in our communities. Is the federal government tracking what countries these children are coming from and what COVID-19 variants they might have been exposed to? How long will these children be held in Texas? Are these children receiving COVID-19 tests, and how is the Biden Administration handling those who test positive? Is the federal government conducting contact tracing and following CDC quarantine protocols? The answers to these questions affect the health and safety of our communities, and Texans deserve answers. But more than that, the American people deserve action from this administration. Texas is putting President Biden on notice that his policies are risking the health and safety of Texans and putting children at risk from cartels and human traffickers.”