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Gov. Abbott says migrant children are being sexually assaulted at Texas facility

Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a news conference outside the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio,...
Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a news conference outside the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, a site where the federal government has set up a makeshift migrant facility for children.(Pool)
Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 6:05 PM CDT
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KWTX) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday announced two state agencies received multiple reports that migrant children are being sexually assaulted at a makeshift facility set up by the federal government at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio.

“The Biden administration is now presiding over the abuse of children,” the governor said.

“To end this abuse, the Biden administration must shut down this facility and the children in this facility should be moved to other facilities where the federal government has enough space, personnel and resources to ensure their safety.”

Abbott said he is directing the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to investigate the allegations of sexual assault.

The governor held a news conference outside the Freeman Coliseum to reveal the allegations to the public.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on Wednesday both received reports of children being sexually assaulted at the coliseum, Abbot said.

“These problems are a byproduct of President Biden’s open border policies and the lack of planning for the fallout from those disastrous policies.”

The governor further claimed “there are not enough staff to safely supervise the children at this facility, some children at this facility are not eating throughout the day and children with COVID are not being separated from children without COVID.”

“In short, this facility is a health and safety nightmare.”

KENS - the CBS affiliate in San Antonio - reports that, since the beginning of March, unaccompanied teenagers and children arriving at the Texas-Mexico border have been transported to the Freeman Coliseum grounds to be cared for.

KENS cites Bexar County officials who say more than 1,300 children were at the shelter as of April 5.

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