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Escobar says Abbott’s migrant abuse claims need investigation, but adds he has ‘zero credibility’

EL PASO, Texas -- Allegations that migrant children being cared for at a Texas shelter may have been sexually abused need to be investigated, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (D-El Paso) said Thursday - but she added that Gov. Gregg Abbott (R-Texas), who raised the claims, has "zero credibility" in her view.

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In a hastily called news conference on Wednesday evening, Abbott said complaints about sexual assault at a federally-run shelter facility at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio were reported to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as well as the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

The governor said he did not know the identities of those who alleged assault, nor did he provide details. He said he was concerned more than one child may have been assaulted and directed the Texas Rangers to investigate.

“In short, this facility is a health and safety nightmare,” Abbott said, blaming the Biden administration for the abuse and demanding that it to shut down the shelter, which ABC affiliate KSAT reported is housing more than 1,300 teens who recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without a parent or guardian.

Escobar, speaking to reporters Thursday after a meeting with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in El Paso, agreed that an investigation must occur. But she questioned Abbott's motives and reliability in raising the accusations.

"Any allegation (of abuse) must be thoroughly investigated," Escobar said, however "Gov. Greg Abbott has zero credibility" and "plays politics" when it comes to immigration issues.

Escobar maintained the governor has been a critic since day one of the Biden administration's immigration efforts - yet sat quiet during the Trump era as "children were held in cages" and the immigration system was largely dismantled, with "no orderly transition" because of Trump's refusal to accept the election results.

In addition, she faulted Abbott for the state's recent refusal to accept FEMA money from the federal government to help border communities with testing migrants for Covid-19 and providing other care.

The dueling comments from Escobar and Abbott come as Texas and the U.S. government are locked in battle over a recent increase in the number of migrants crossing the state’s southern border.

Newly released data Thursday from U.S. Customs and Border Protection showed nearly 19,000 kids were picked up traveling alone across the border in March, which was the largest monthly number ever tallied.

(The Texas Tribune contributed to this report.)

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  1. Zero credibility? LOL That’s rich! Like the pot calling the kettle black. Veronica, you have a long and sordid history of welcoming illegals, choosing them over Americans. Why don’t you just dry up and blow away!

    1. Wouldn’t doubt it she gets a kick back from the cartels to keep the invasion of illegals coming into this country. How else is she becoming a very rich politician from a senator’s salary. Sure as hell was not a silver spoon kid like beto.

  2. Good gravy. That’s pretty pitiful. Who is playing politics, Escobar? You agree that it needs to be investigated then take a dig at him. I thought Biden was going to unite people. But a Democrat can’t even agree with a Republican without taking a swipe. At least Abbott is trying to do something.

  3. Horse face is only following the senile puppet rhetoric in order to protect the pedos like alberto who sneak in and abuse children at those holding cells the WH created. On surprise here that cronie es cagar is in it to her knees with all this BS.

    1. Actually, Trump was right about almost everything. That’s why the leftis treasounous traitors are willing to do ANYTHING, break ANY law, make up ANY lie to destroy him.

  4. Classic- accuse them of what we do. Pleters telling the media that another politician has “zero credibility” is the clearest case of projection ever. Shes gonna have ptsd from all the comments on kvia calling her out for this malarkey.

  5. Replace the conjunction ‘But’ with ‘And’ because that conjunction qualifies the lady leader’s just assertions that lazy legs has zero credibility.

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