Psaki: ‘No basis’ to close Texas migrant holding facility following governor’s claims of abuse, neglect
UPDATED 6:03 PM PT – Friday, April 9, 2021
The White House will not shut down the Texas migrant facility where Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) reported accusations of child abuse and neglect.
On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there’s “no basis” for shutting down the San Antonio Freeman Coliseum holding site.
The site was set up to hold a growing influx of migrants crossing the border, and now holds more than 1,300 minors.
Abbott shared allegations of sexual assault, bullying, understaffing and a disregard for spreading the COVID-19 virus.
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
Psaki said the claims will be taken seriously and looked into.