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Gov. Abbott alleges some migrant children at Texas facility were sexually abused

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Gov. Greg Abbott, citing what he called "anonymous" complaints made Wednesday to two state agencies, claimed some migrant children being held at a Texas facility were victims of sexual abuse.

Abbott said he directed the Texas Rangers to look into the allegations involving the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, which is currently housing around 1,300 migrant boys aged 13 to 17 who have shown up at U.S.-Mexico border crossings.

“This facility is a health and safety nightmare,” Abbott said at a hastily called "major" news conference Wednesday evening outside the coliseum, which is serving as a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ emergency intake site.

The governor couldn't say how many children there had supposedly been victimized or who the perpetrators were. He also declined to provide specifics about the accusations, but contended they were "credible."

Abbott called on the federal government to "immediately shut down this facility,” which he maintained is "understaffed," and transfer the children elsewhere. He also blamed the Biden administration for the reported abuse, maintaining the president's border policies had encouraged an influx of migrant children.

In addition to San Antonio, temporary shelters for migrant children have also been established in El Paso, Midland and Dallas.

You can watch Abbott's remarks in their entirety in the video player below.

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44 Comments

    1. So far, that’s an unreliable statement on Wheels part. Unreliable and unsubstantiated. Maybe the Rangers can come up with something.

      1. So what? EVERY statement about Trump was unreliable and unsubstantiated. Unreliable and unsubstantiated statements have the liberal stamp of approval.

      2. You either live under a rock or you turn a blind eye Mark. These kids are prey and this is just the beginning of their inhumane life they are destined for. The border needs to be policed and this needs to stop.

  1. I’m sure they have been and all these overflowing facilities need to be shut down. They kids need to be sent back to their families. It is a humanitarian crisis that is Biden’s doing.

      1. Their families are not here. These kids have been glat out abandoned, sdd into slavery or taken by the cartels. All because illegitimate China Joe said it was ok.

      2. Who says? The “official” story is that the parents are so desperate that they sell everything to pay traffickers to get their kids here.
        You say the kids were abandoned in their home country just waiting for someone to open the borders so they can pay traffickers to escort their kids north.
        Either way, it’s going to be difficult if not impossible to find their actual parents if they are already here illegally. And our foster system is already overwhelmed.

  2. Or all the whites who have brought Japanese, etc to this country. All over the place. White dude with a Nam hat and a jap. Oh wait !!!!! But you can’t do that!!!!! Lol……Pinchi gringos pendejos!!!

  3. Sobs ARE the problem. Self created problems. I don’t need to expand on the subject. SELF CREATED. Ask me how? Everything you are against you have created.

  4. Whites CREATE the problem then they COMPLAIN about it. Illegals would be less likely to come to America if it weren’t for the white employers seeking cheap illegal labor. Tax evasion.

  5. No more whitees. You are vocally against it ? Therefore you must may the proposed min $15 wage. Hire Americans. Lol. Let’s see how that goes.

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