Texas Gov. Abbott Drops The Hammer On Biden, Accuses White House Of Denying Access To Migrant Child Shelters

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott demands that the Biden administration allows state and local authorities full access to all unaccompanied migrant children in the federal facilities in order to monitor the rate of COVID transmissions and dig further into investigations regarding human trafficking, according to Fox News.

Abbott told “Hannity” his request to access critical data pertaining to unaccompanied minors was denied.

Requests were denied despite the White House’s pledge of “transparency.”

“The Biden administration is not being transparent with either the governor of Texas or the Texas Department of State Health Services,” the Republican said.

Abbott continued, “We need to know what the health situation of these kids are. We need to know if they’ve been exposed to variants of COVID.”

The Biden administration has not only denied access to data regarding the health of these migrants but has refused to provide information regarding migrants that “are still involved with coyotes and smugglers.”

“Our law enforcement … they need to do their job,” Abbott said.

“Part of their job is making sure they track down and prosecute anybody involved in smuggling. Once they get over to Texas, they are still involved with coyotes and smugglers. We do have the ability to put them behind bars … [but] the Biden administration is not letting us gain access to that information so that we can arrest and prosecute those that are assisting this immigration process.”

Abbott publically called on Biden to allow the state to speak with migrants in federal facilities as part of Operation Lone Star.

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Operation Lone Star is a state anti-human and drug trafficking initiative launched earlier this month.

“We have sought access to these shelters, and we’ve been denied access to those shelters, whether it be involving health care purposes or talking to these children about human trafficking,” Abbott said.

“You got some young children who have been trafficked across Mexico and maybe some other countries and who knows what horrific things may have happened to them … we want to be involved and learn information so we can crack down on this human trafficking mission,” he explained.

“These children make a very dangerous treks where they have to encounter cartels, drug dealers, gang members, MS-13 gang members, and there could be horrific things happening to them.”

“We know the legacy of human trafficking that happens to these children,” Abbott said. “It must be stopped.”

“Americans need to know this,” Abbott warned.

“This is just the very beginning of what’s going to be a massive expansion of the number of people coming across the board. It will grow tenfold and a hundredfold, especially because of the way the Biden administration has handled this.”

More from Fox News:

Migrant children have been arriving at the southern border faster than they can be processed and transferred to sponsor homes, while the Biden administration has repeatedly denied that there is a “crisis” at the border, a senior Customs and Border Protection official recently told Fox News.

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