Texas governor alleges sexual assault, abuse at migrant facility

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Gov. Greg Abbott alleged child sexual assault, neglect, and a lack of food for the migrant children held in the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the state's investigating child abuse allegations at a migrant facility.

Roughly 1,370 unaccompanied migrant children are being held in the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio.

Abbott said the allegations included child sexual assault and a lack of food.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that state officials were investigating allegations of child abuse and sexual assault at a shelter for migrant children in San Antonio, which is currently sheltering 1,370 minors.

Abbott said in a press conference that the state's Department of Family and Protective Services fielded three reports alleging abuse and neglect at the Freeman Coliseum — one of the temporary emergency shelters that federal officials set up to accommodate the influx of unaccompanied migrant children arriving in the US.

Abbott said there were four main components in the allegations: child sexual assault, a lack of staff to safely supervise the children, a lack of food for the children, and a failure to separate children with COVID-19 from those without it.

"This is a health and safety nightmare," Abbott said. "The Biden administration is now presiding over the abuse of children."

The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed to Insider it was investigating the allegations,…
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