The number of migrant children detained at a facility in San Antonio, Texas has nearly tripled in less than two weeks as state and federal agencies have received complaints of abuse taking place there.
On March 29, 500 male children ages 13 to 17 were driven to the Freeman Expo Center. On Monday, the number had risen to 1,370, officials said according to local station KSAT.
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“Too many people are coming in. Not enough people are going out,”
Meanwhile, Gov. Greg Abbott is calling on President Biden to close the facility after the Department of Health and Human Services and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services received complaints about child abuse taking place there. Abbott said this included allegations of sexual assault, failure to separate children infected with COVID-19 from others, children who did not eat, and an inadequate number of staff.
“In short, this facility is a health and safety nightmare. The Biden administration is now presiding over child abuse,” Abbott told reporters.
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The governor said the current situation was a “by-product of President Biden’s policy of open borders” and the administration’s lack of planning of those consequences.
Children at the facility are assumed to be either released to a sponsor or transferred to one of the Department of Health and Human Services’ long-term shelters.
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The governor called on the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to immediately launch an investigation into the allegations of child abuse.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is expected to visit two border towns in Texas on Thursday. He’s meeting 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.