San antonio – (Editor’s note: This story was updated Thursday, April 8, for the latest report on the matter from KSAT.com, click here.)
Gov. Greg Abbott has urged the government to shut down the migrant child service at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio after receiving complaints of abuse and inadequate staffing Wednesday morning.
Abbott said the complaint was “credible”; and directed to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. He declined to provide details about Tipster. Rather said it was from at least one or more people in the facility.
The allegations included sexual harassment, understatement, not getting enough food, and children infected with the COVID virus were not separated from others.
The Texas Rangers governor will immediately begin an investigation. It is not clear how many children have been accused of abuse.
“This place is a health and safety nightmare,” Abbott said. “The Biden administration should close the facility immediately.”
“The Biden administration opened the border and failed to plan for the influx of unaccompanied children across the border, and now we face our worst fears: accusations of abuse and abuse. “I am urging the Biden administration to close the facility, and I am ordering the DPS and Texas Rangers to immediately begin investigating these allegations. President Biden’s catastrophic decision made this crisis, and his administration must take action now to protect these children, preserve borders and end the crisis.
The US Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement it was unable to comment on certain circumstances, but it “has a policy not to tolerate sexual harassment, sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual behavior of any kind. model”
In a statement, a DFPS spokeswoman confirmed the agency received the allegations.
“Today, the Department of Family Services and Prevention (DFPS) has received three separate reports claiming violations and neglect that took place at the Freeman Coliseum, now the home of unaccompanied minors. As this facility is not authorized by the state, we do not have any jurisdiction to investigate. But the information we received was shared with the DPS, ”the statement said.
Bexar County Pct. 1 Commander Rebecca Clay-Flores, who visited the site frequently, said the allegations were political in nature and were “fake news”.
“They were given three meals a day plus two snacks,” she said.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg released a statement saying, “These allegations of federal action will be disturbing if true and will require a thorough investigation.”
US Senator John Kornine, who has toured four similar immigration facilities in Texas, called for a federal investigation.
“Unaccompanied children arriving at our border endured dangerous conditions at home and treacherous travel to get here,” Cornyn said in a statistical format. As such abuse in custody of the US government is so offensive, the HHS inspector will have to fully investigate these allegations and the treatment of children in this facility. ”
The press conference took place outside the Freeman Coliseum, where 1,370 boys ages 13-17 were placed on the Department of Health and Human Services’s emergency consumption site.
The Expo Center, located next to the AT&T Center, home to San Antonio Spurs, has 2,100 interior potential and 300 external medical beds capacity.
Upon arrival, the children will receive the necessary medical screening and follow-up care for their injury or illness upon arrival, officials said earlier.
Following the announcement by Abbott Ike Hajinazrian, the White House regional spokesman released the following statement based on the allegations:
“The Biden management takes the safety and well-being of children very seriously. At this time, we do not see the basis for Governor Abbott’s claim to close the San Antonio Freeman Coliseum as an admission facility, however his claims will be reviewed and investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services. ”
Abbott criticized the Biden administration’s handling of the influx of immigrants along the US-Mexico border, arguing that the administration refused to secure the border, which he said had led to a cross. Illegal borders are increasing rapidly. See the information here.
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