“The Biden Administration takes the safety and well-being of children in its care very seriously,” a White House spokesperson mentioned in an announcement to NCS. “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.”
HHS opened the emergency consumption website for unaccompanied migrant kids at the Freeman Coliseum final month. Abbott, a critic of the Biden administration’s immigration insurance policies, at a press convention Wednesday known as for the President to instantly shut down the location and transfer the youngsters to different government-run amenities after citing complaints, with out proof.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services advised NCS in an e-mail that it had acquired three separate experiences on Wednesday “alleging abuse and neglect” at the location. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission additionally mentioned the company “received a report of alleged abuse and neglect involving children” housed at the power.
HHS mentioned in an announcement to NCS Thursday it doesn’t talk about particular person instances as a matter of coverage, citing privateness and safety of unaccompanied kids.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement, a federal company below HHS charged with the care of kids, “has a zero-tolerance policy for all forms of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and inappropriate sexual behavior at all UC care provider facilities and acts quickly to address any alleged violations of policy, including initiating employee disciplinary action, termination, or reporting to appropriate investigative entities, such as law enforcement agencies and relevant licensing bodies,” the division mentioned in an announcement, including: “We will not comment further on the specifics of the referenced cases.”