White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was questioned during a press briefing about Governor Greg Abbott’s allegations of sexual abuse against children at a migrant facility in San Antonio, Texas. She stated there was “no basis” for shutting it down.
During the question and answer session on Friday, Psaki also told Fox News reporter Peter Doocy that the allegations were being taken “seriously.” She would go on to reiterate again that the claims were being taken seriously, but stated there is “no basis for his call to shut down San Antonio Freeman as an intake site.”
“Well first we take safety and the well-being of children in our care very seriously, hence our earlier conversation about the funding spent to keep them safe during the pandemic,” Psaki said. “His claims will be looked into and investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services.”
“Currently we have no basis for his call to shut down the San Antonio Freeman Coliseum as an intake site but we will of course — we take these allegations seriously and they will be investigated,” she claimed.
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Asked once again if her position was consistent with previous claims that the administration was allegedly working to streamline processing “in a humane way that keeps these kids as safe as we possibly can,” she again repeated that they were currently looking into the allegations and that they were taking them “very seriously.”
Abbott has been at the forefront of the migrant children crisis demanding that the Biden administration shut down the San Antonio Freeman Coliseum as a holding facility. At least three reports of sexual abuse and neglect against children have been received by Texas welfare officials. He accused the Biden administration on Wednesday of “presiding over the abuse of children.”
”This facility is a health and safety nightmare,” Abbott declared. ”The Biden administration is now presiding over the abuse of children. To end this abuse, the Biden administration must immediately shut down this facility.”
“The Biden administration must shut down this facility and the children in this facility should be moved to other facilities where the federal government has enough space, personnel, and resources to ensure their safety,” Abbott emphatically stated.
“These problems are a byproduct of President (Joe) Biden’s open-border policies and the lack of planning at the fallout of those disastrous policies,” the governor went on to say.
Reports of sexual assault, bullying, understaffing & disregard for COVID protocols at the Freeman Coliseum facility are unacceptable.
The Biden Admin. must SHUT DOWN this facility & protect these children.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 9, 2021
The facility is one of a growing number of staging areas set up to handle the massive surge of migrants coming over the border. It accommodates more than 1,300 migrant children.
The governor believes the allegations are coming from within the facility. The abuses allegedly include insufficient staffing, sexual abuse, children not getting food, and those who are COVID-positive not being separated from the rest of the population. Those four charges of abuse were reportedly sent to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on Wednesday.
HHS refused to comment on the allegations, but they stated they have “a zero-tolerance policy for all forms of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and inappropriate sexual behavior.”
Numerous Republicans are demanding an investigation into the matter including Sens. Ted Cruz (TX), John Cornyn (TX), and Rob Portman (OH).
Currently, HHS is reportedly caring for more than 16,000 unaccompanied migrant children. Customs and Border Protection is handling in excess of 4,000 children as well. The numbers being reported just keep growing and the latest reports from the CPB show a 100% increase in unaccompanied children encountered in March over February. It’s the highest monthly number ever recorded as 172,000 illegal immigrants were estimated to have come over the border in March. Included in that number were 18,890 unaccompanied children.