Texas Gov. Greg Abbott alleges migrant children are being starved and sexually abused at border facilities and blames Biden
- Reports have surfaced of child sex abuse and neglect at Freeman Expo Center, which is housing 1,370 underage migrants
- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says President Biden bears blame for the disturbing allegations
- In recent months, Bidenhas dismantled harsh Trump immigration policies, prompting a surge of migrants crossing the southern border
- His administration has been criticized for failing to implement the resources and infrastructure needed to cope with the surge
- Last month, 170,000 migrants were apprehended trying to cross into the US illegally – the highest number in decades
- Many facilities are now dangerously overcrowded, with reports of children going hungry and showering just once every few days
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,
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says Joe Biden should shoulder blame amid allegations of child abuse and neglect at an overcrowded San Antonio migrant facility
Freeman Expo Center is pictured. The facility is currently holding thousands of child migrants
In recent days, the number of underage children being held at the Freeman Expo Center has increased from 500 to 1,370
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 the 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.
However, they 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.
The President defended his policies at his first formal White House press conference, saying he would not apologize for rolling back Trump’s policies.
He told reporters that ‘I guess I should be flattered people are coming because I’m the nice guy’.
Graham is just one among a number of politicians – both Republican and Democrat – who have expressed concerns that overcrowded migrant detention facilities could be fueling the spread of the coronavirus
Photos taken from inside the overcrowded Donna border facility last week
Migrants who had been in Mexico under the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program pass a group that were just deported on Wednesday
Officials in the Rio Grande Valley report that they are now apprehending more than 1,500 migrants in their small area each day