The number of migrant children being held at a facility in San Antonio, Texas, nearly tripled in less than two weeks, as state and federal agencies received complaints of abuse taking place there.
On March 29, 500 boys aged 13 to 17 were taken to the Freeman Expo Center. As of Monday, that number had skyrocketed to 1,370, officials said, according to local station KSAT.
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“Too many people are entering. There aren’t enough people going out, ”said Representative Henry Cuellar, D-Texas. “Right now we are facing a humanitarian crisis and I use the word crisis,” he added.
Meanwhile, Gov. Greg Abbott calls on President Biden to shut down the facility after the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services received complaints of child abuse . Abbott said this included allegations of sexual assault, a failure to separate children infected with COVID-19 from others, children not eating and an insufficient number of staff.
“In short, this facility is a health and safety nightmare. The Biden administration now presides over child abuse,” Abbott told reporters.
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The governor said the current situation was a “by-product of President Biden’s open border policy” and the administration’s inability to foresee these consequences.
Children at the facility are supposed to either be handed over to a sponsor or transferred to one of the longer term shelters of the Department of Health and Social Services.
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The governor called on the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to immediately open an investigation into the allegations of child abuse.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is scheduled to visit two Texas border towns on Thursday. He will meet with local law enforcement officials in El Paso and McAllen, according to KFOX 14.
Fox News’ Caitlin McFall and Brie Stimson contributed to this report.
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