This is the first time the state government has announced an investigation into this type
Austin, Texas-Texas child welfare officials said on Wednesday that they had received three reports of abuse and neglect at the San Antonio Stadium, which had hosted more than 1,600 immigrant youths crossing the southern border.
This is the first time that state authorities have announced an investigation into such allegations at one of the centers quickly established by the federal government in Texas in response to a significant increase in children and adolescents crossing the border accompanied by adults. A county official who also volunteered at the Freeman Stadium in the San Antonio factory said that the nature of the allegations was inconsistent with what she had seen during multiple visits to the facility.
The child welfare officer did not disclose who made the allegations, but Governor Greg Abbott said that as far as he knows, this is a person in the facility. One of the allegations was sexual abuse, but no further details were disclosed.
Abbott said at a press conference held quickly outside the detention center that other allegations include understaffing, children not eating, and people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 but have not been quarantined. For weeks, Abbott and other members of the Republican Party have criticized President Joe Biden’s administration for handling immigration on the southern border of the United States.
“The facility should be closed immediately. Abbott said: “The children should be taken to more staffed and safer places. “
Rebecca Clay Flores, a Bexar County Commissioner who has been inside the facility as an elected official and volunteer, said that teenagers are being provided with three meals and two snacks every day, who tested positive for COVID-19. Place it in a separate area away from other minors. After the press conference, he visited the facility with Abbott and said that he posed questions to the staff, including a question about the procedures for conducting COVID-19 diagnostic tests.
Democratic Democrat Clay Flores said: “I hope the governor will go on a tour before the press conference where he will politicize minors.”
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a statement that it was unable to comment on specific cases, but “has a zero tolerance policy for all forms of sexual abuse, harassment and sexual conduct. Misconduct.”
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services received these allegations. His spokesperson, Patrick Crimmins, said he currently does not know whether the state has received further allegations of abuse or neglect in temporary immigrant youth facilities in Texas.
As the number of unaccompanied minors of adult relatives entering through the southern border has increased significantly, HHS is eager to open a large reception center in the southwest of the country. When Biden assumed the presidency, the agency lacked capacity due to the increase in the number of border crossings, sometimes causing some minors to wait for weeks when the border patrol facilities were overcrowded and insufficient.
In March and April alone, HHS installed more than 17,000 hospital beds in the convention center, oil worker camps and military bases, more than doubling the capacity of permanent facilities (open for several years).
Last month, the federal government stopped accepting young immigrants at a facility in Midland, Texas, due to questions about the safety of temporary land use. Midland County Attorney General Laura Nodolf (Laura Nodolf) said on Wednesday that they “have faced charges leading to an ongoing criminal investigation,” but did not elaborate. He said the allegations have also been reported to the federal authorities.
In order to provide sufficient personnel for emergency locations, HHS suspended the regulations that normally apply to its permanent facilities, including the FBI’s regulation of checking all caregivers’ fingerprints. The agency has hired contractors and non-profit organizations to service its facilities, post job vacancies in several cities, and look for people who can start working immediately. There is no information that any staff member has been accused of assaulting minors.