SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says state agencies have reported allegations of sexual abuse and child neglect at the migrant facility in San Antonio.
Speaking in front of the Freeman Coliseum Wednesday evening, Abbott said he received reports from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services regarding these alleged acts.READ MORE: Duncanville ISD Police And Student Athletes Team Up To Encourage Positive Interactions
Abbott said the agencies also reported that there is not enough staff at the Freeman Coliseum to supervise the children, some children are not eating throughout the day and children with COVID-19 are not being separated from those without the virus.
“The Biden Administration must immediately shut down this facility, and the children in this facility should be moved to other federally run facilities where the government has the space, personnel and resources to ensure their safety,” Abbott said.
“The Biden Administration caused this crisis… and has repeatedly failed to address it,” the governor added. “The administration failed to plan for the influx of children that they invited to come. Now they face allegations of despicable child abuse and neglect. This must end.”READ MORE: Arlington Native Maren Morris Wins Female Artist Of The Year At ACM Awards
Abbott said he is also directing the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Rangers to investigate the allegations.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, also responded to the allegations and called for a federal investigation.
“Unaccompanied children that arrive at our border have already endured dangerous conditions at home and a treacherous journey to get here,” Cornyn said. “The fact that any child would experience abuse in the care of the U.S. government is despicable. The HHS Inspector General must fully investigate these allegations and the treatment of children at this facility.”
The Freeman Coliseum is currently housing around 1,300 migrant children as the state continues see an increase in illegal crossings at the southern border with Mexico.MORE NEWS: Fort Worth Officer Fatally Shoots Armed Attempted Carjacking Suspect, Chief Says
Various sites in areas like El Paso, Midland and Dallas were set up by the federal government in order to house migrant children temporarily.