21:39 GMT17 April 2021
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott said during a press conference that there had been reports of sexual abuse, malnutrition, and a novel coronavirus outbreak at a federal facility holding migrant children in the city of San Antonio.

    "Complaints that were sent to these state agencies include the following four things: children at this facility are being sexually assaulted; second, there are not enough staff to safely supervise the children at this facility; third, some children at this facility are not eating throughout the day; and fourth, children with COVID are not being physically separated from children without COVID," Abbott said on Wednesday.

    Abbott, a Republican, said he has ordered the Texas Rangers and state's Department of Public Safety to immediately investigate the allegations.

    The Biden administration is using the Freeman Expo Center in San Antonio to house up to 2,100 migrant children. There are currently about 1,300 migrant children in the facility.

    The governor called on the Biden administration to shut down the facility to ensure the safety of the migrant children.

    An official from Health and Human Services told Sputnik: "As a matter of policy, in order to protect the privacy and security of the unaccompanied children (UC) referred to HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), ORR does not discuss individual UC cases."

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