Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says Joe Biden should shoulder blame amid allegations of child abuse and neglect at an overcrowded San Antonio migrant facility.
Abbott made the declaration at a press conference Wednesday evening, following tips to authorities about the alleged abuse occurring inside the Freeman Expo Center. The facility is currently holding 1,370 migrant children.
'This facility is a health and safety nightmare,' Abbot declared.
'The Biden administration is now presiding over the abuse of children. To end this abuse, the Biden administration must immediately shut down this facility.”
In addition to the claims of child sex abuse and neglect, Abbott also claimed that there were reports of understaffing, children not eating and the failure to separate children with or without COVID-19.
'While we wait on the Biden administration to act, I'm directing DPS and Texas Rangers to immediately begin investigation these allegations,' the Gov. stated.
Abbott did not say how many children had reportedly been abused, but he did say that the claims appeared to be 'credible'.
In recent days, the number of underage children being held at the Freeman Expo Center has increased from 500 to 1,370,
President Joe Biden has refused to call the surge in illegal border crossing a crisis, but has tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to take control of the situation.
But Harris has been blasted for failing to head to the southern border. Instead, Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas will head to the area on Thursday.
Mayorkas will meet with local law enforcement and Homeland Security employees as the number of migrants arriving in the country continues to swell.
KSAT reports that 500 boys from the ages of 13 - 17 were bused to the facility on March 25.
It is not known whether they are held separately from migrants of younger ages.
The Expo Center reportedly has an internal potential capacity of 2,100 beds, and officials are scrambling to make them available.
Biden has come under fire for dismantling harsh Trump immigration policies, which has prompted a surge of migrants at the southern border.
Since taking office, Biden lifted the Trump policy that forced migrants to remain in Mexico while going through the legal process to enter the US, narrowed ICE's criteria for arrests and deportations, and stopped the building of Trump's border wall.
Officials from the Biden administration have admitted that their more 'humane' approach to immigration policy has fueled the soaring number of border crossings.
Last month, 170,000 migrants were apprehended trying to cross into the US illegally - the highest number in 15 years
But the Biden administration have been criticized for failing to properly prepare the resources and infrastructure need to cope with the expected surge.
Speaking last week, Biden refused to call the situation a crisis, despite human rights lawyers claiming migrant children were going hungry and showering only intermittently.
He has put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of dealing with the influx, but... (Read more)
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