US Texas' Greg Abbott Calls Immigration Facilities 'a Nightmare,' Demands Investigation
Greg Abbott Mocks Biden on Guns, Says Shooting Victim's Family Demanded He Uphold 2nd Amendment
Abbott recently joined state GOP lawmakers in backing legislation that would allow Texas to simply disregard federal laws on firearms.President Joe Biden on Thursday condemned the country's "gun violence epidemic" and laid out a proposal for firearm restrictions—a move which prompted Texas Republicans to promote their own "2nd Amendment sanctuary state" rebuke.
Texas Republican Governorcalled immigration facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border a "nightmare," and demanded that an investigation be opened into the treatment of migrants at these facilities.
On Wednesday, Abbott held a press conference outside of the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, which is reportedly housing more than 1,000 unaccompanied children, and said: "In short, this facility is a health and safety nightmare."
Chris Wallace Challenges Greg Abbott: You Were Silent on Trump's Migrant Abuses
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace confronted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday, pointing out that while the Republican governor has been outspoken about migrant children abuses during the Biden administration he was silent on the issue during President Donald Trump’s term. With conservatives describing the recent surge of unaccompanied minors at the southern border as an unmitigated disaster and crisis, Abbott rushed to hold a press conference last week after state officials received some tips that migrant children were subjected to sexual abuse at a temporary shelter in San Antonio.
"Earlier today, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services separately received tips that allege child abuse and neglect at the federal government's child and migrant facility at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio behind me," Abbott said. "These problems are a byproduct of President [Joe] Biden's open border policies and the lack of planning for the fallout from those disastrous policies."
Abbott went on to detail the complaints the Texas Health and Human Services and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services have received that included claims of sexual assault against the children at the migrant facility; a lack of staff to "safely supervise the children at this facility"; some children not being fed at the facility; and "children with COVID are not being physically separated from children without COVID."
Texas governor boycotting Rangers opening day because MLB moved All-Star Game
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declined the Texas Rangers' invitation to throw out the first pitch at their home opener on Monday, citing a reason that has nothing to do with the Rangers or the state of Texas. In a letter he sent to the Rangers, and subsequently posted on his Twitter account, Abbott said that he will no longer participate in any MLB event because of its decision to move the All-Star Game out of Georgia. MLB announced on Friday that due to the voter suppression law recently passed by the Georgia legislature, it will no longer hold the 2021 All-Star Game at the Atlanta Braves' Truist Park.
The governor called on the Biden administration to "immediately" close the facility and move the children who are housed there to a different one.
"While we wait on the Biden administration to act, I am directing the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to immediately begin investigating these allegations," Abbott said. "This must end. The Biden administration must act now."
In an email sent to Newsweek, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office confirmed that they were "dispatched at 5:16 p.m. on April 7, 2021, to the Freeman Coliseum located at 3201 E Houston St for allegations of a sexual offense which occurred at the listed location."
"Due to the nature of this incident and preliminary status of the investigation, this is the only information available which is being released at this time," the sheriff's office told Newsweek via email.
In a statement sent to KEYE-TV, a spokesperson for the White House said: "Currently we see no basis for Governor Abbott's call to shut down the San Antonio Freeman Coliseum as an intake site, however his claims will be looked into and investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services."
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issues order prohibiting 'vaccine passports'
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday issued an executive order prohibiting so-called "vaccine passports," saying a system to track those who have been inoculated against COVID-19 infringes on citizens' rights. "Every day, Texans are returning to normal life as more people get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. But, as I've said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced," Abbott said in announcing the executive order . "Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives," he added.
Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
Abbott's remarks come just a day before the U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that 18,890 unaccompanied children crossed the U.S.-Mexico border last month.
"In March 2021, CBP encountered more than 172,000 persons attempting entry along the Southwest border. This total represented a 71 percent increase over February 2021," CBP said in a statement on Thursday.
Newsweek contacted Abbott's office for comment.
Police Find 4-Month-Old Baby in the Woods After Frantic Woman Ringing Doorbells Prompts 911 Calls .
Officers suspect prescription drug abuse may be involved and are looking to charge the mother with suspected child abuse. Michigan police officers found a 4-month-old baby in the woods and are now looking to arrest the mother, who they suspect may have been abusing prescription drugs at the time.The Oakland County Sheriff's Office was alerted to the possibly abandoned infant on Wednesday morning after it received two 911 calls from people who complained of a woman "hiding in the bushes and ringing the doorbell." When they interviewed the "frantic" 37-year-old woman, they learned she had an infant son.