AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is, again, criticizing the Biden administration over handling of the influx in unaccompanied minors crossing the border from Mexico.
This time, his criticism is aimed at the conditions of federally run facilities that are holding migrant minors throughout the state.READ MORE: Ted Cruz Says MLB Moved All-Star Game Out Of Georgia Based On ‘Pile Of Lies’
According to Abbott, the water at a facility in Midland “was not proven safe” before the children’s arrival. He also said there’s been a COVID-19 outbreak at a facility in Carrizo Springs.
In a statement about the conditions, Abbott said:READ MORE: IRS Sending Out 'Plus-Up' Stimulus Checks To Those Underpaid
“The Biden Administration has been an abject failure when it comes to ensuring the safety of unaccompanied minors who cross our border. The conditions unaccompanied minors face in these federally run facilities is unacceptable and inhumane. From a lack of safe drinking water in one location to a COVID-19 outbreak in another, the Biden Administration has no excuse for subjecting these children to these kinds of conditions. President Biden’s refusal to address the border crisis is not only enabling criminal actors like human traffickers and smugglers, but it is exposing innocent unaccompanied children to illness and potentially unsafe living conditions. The administration must act now to keep these children safe, secure our border, and end this humanitarian crisis.”
Texas DPS investigators were sent to the Carrizo Springs facility to look into the possible outbreak. The Midland one was also notified by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality to address the water issues.
Earlier this week, Abbott was in Dallas to talk about unaccompanied minors being housed at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Around 3,000 minors are expected to be held there.MORE NEWS: Fort Worth Firefighter Hurt Rescuing Critically Injured Fire Victim
The governor called on President Joe Biden to allow the Texas Department of Public Safety to talk to the children to gather information on possible human trafficking.