Texas Gov. Greg Abbott calls on Biden administration to close facility housing migrant children in San Antonio after reports of abuse, understaffing

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Gov. Greg Abbott called on the federal government to close a facility housing migrant children at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio after complaints of abuse and understaffing were received this morning.
SAN ANTONIO – Gov. Greg Abbott called on the federal government to close a facility housing migrant children at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio after complaints of abuse and understaffing were received Wednesday morning.

Abbott said the complaints are "credible" and were made to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. He declined to provide details about the tipster, but said it was from at least one or more people who have been inside the facility.

The allegations include sexual assault, understaffing, not being fed enough food and COVID-positive children not being isolated from others.

The governor said Texas Rangers would immediately begin investigating the cases. It is unclear how many children were allegedly abused.

"This facility is a health and safety nightmare," Abbott said. "The Biden Administration should immediately shut down this facility."

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"The Biden administration opened the borders and failed to plan for the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border, and now we are faced with our worst fears—allegations of child abuse and neglect," Abbott said. "I am calling on the Biden administration to close this facility, and I am directing the DPS…
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