The White House and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott are locked in a standoff after the Lone Star State moved to block federal housing for unaccompanied unlawful immigrant youngsters, in accordance with a report.
Abbott, who will accompany former President Donald Trump to a go to to the border on Wednesday, has ordered state child-care regulators to tug the licenses for shelters that serve unlawful immigrant youngsters starting Aug. 31.
About 4,500 youngsters can be affected.
Abbott’s transfer would additional complicate the Biden administration’s response to the rising disaster on the border of file smashing numbers of unlawful crossers month after month.
Letters between Abbott and the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees these services, present the Texas governor putting a defiant tone, Politico reported, citing copies of the missives.
“The federal government must solve the federal problem caused by the Biden administration’s disastrous open-border policies,” Abbott wrote to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Texas will not be commandeered into federal government service.”
Abbott, who introduced earlier this month that Texas would build a wall on the border, pointed to the Biden administration’s use of emergency shelters like army bases to accommodate the kids for his cause to tug assist on the state degree.
“The federal government cannot force a state to do the federal government’s job,” he wrote.
Texas is amongst a handful of Republican-led states which have refused to assist HHS organize housing for the tens of 1000’s of minor migrants within the authorities’s care, noting the large monetary price they must shoulder, in addition to the potential of overrunning state sources.
HHS has accused the governor of launching a “direct attack” on the Biden administration’s immigration response and mentioned it’s working with the Justice Department on suing.
HHS Deputy General Counsel Paul Rodriguez despatched Abbott and different state officers a letter asking for specifics on how they might perform the order and are awaiting a response.
“We are exploring our options, for the sake of protecting the safety and well-being of unaccompanied children at licensed facilities in Texas,” a spokesperson informed Politico.
If Texas follows by with Abbott’s plan, 1000’s of migrant youngsters must be despatched to shelters across the nation, creating one other headache for the Biden administration that’s already struggling to answer the waves of youngsters arriving within the US.
Texas officers introduced in April that they are investigating allegations of child intercourse abuse and neglect at San Antonio’s Freeman Expo Center, the place 1000’s of migrant children who crossed the border illegally are being held.
Abbott mentioned there are 4 complaints being investigated: child intercourse abuse, understaffing, unfed youngsters and a failure to separate children with COVID-19 from wholesome youngsters, the report mentioned.
“Earlier today the Texas Health and Human Services commission and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, separately received tips that alleged child abuse and neglect at the San Antonio migrant facility,” Abbott mentioned. “These merchandise are a biproduct of President Biden’s insurance policies.
“In short, this facility is a health and safety nightmare,” Abbott mentioned.
Abbott on the time called on the president to close down the ability, and transfer youngsters to safer ones.