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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference in Austin in May 2020. Photo: Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images

Texas officials have launched an investigation into reports alleging sexual and other abuse and neglect at a San Antonio facility housing migrant teenagers who'd arrived from the southern border, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Wednesday.

Why it matters: The investigation into the three separate reports at the Freeman Coliseum marks the first time state officials have announced a probe into an emergency facility set up by the U.S. government in Texas in response to a significant rise in border crossings of unaccompanied youths, AP notes.

Of note: Bexar County Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores, who volunteers at the coliseum and has visited it many times, said the nature of the allegations "do not align" with what she has seen on "multiple visits to the facility," per AP.

What they're saying: Abbott said at a news conference that there had been complaints that "children at this facility have been sexually assaulted" and that some weren't eating throughout the day.

  • Other complaints include that "children with COVID are not being physically separated from children without COVID" and that there aren't enough staff to safely supervise those housed at the facility.
  • He said the center "should shut down immediately," as he blamed the Biden administration for the incident.
  • Clay-Flores, an elected Democrat, told AP she wished "the governor had done his tour before the press conference when he politicized children."
  • The Biden administration did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

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Feds adding new space next to overcrowded border facility

The temporary Customs and Border Protection processing center in Donna, Texas. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

The Biden administration is opening a temporary facility for unaccompanied migrant children next to the Texas border patrol processing center where leaked photos and videos have revealed overcrowded holding areas.

Why it matters: The new facility in Donna, Texas, will allow the administration to release kids from border patrol custody faster — even while they remain in a temporary setting on land owned by Customs and Border Protection.

Biden has yet to reunite any migrant families separated under Trump

Photo: Doug Mills/Pool/Getty Images

Not one of the hundreds of migrant families separated from President Trump's zero-tolerance policy has been reunited under President Biden thus far, senior Department of Homeland Security officials confirmed on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Reuniting migrant families was one of Biden's clearest immigration-related promises.

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From Malcolm X to "Free Britney," new media shapes the justice system

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

True crime documentaries, podcasts and social media campaigns are bringing new attention to real-world legal proceedings — and are often affecting the outcome.

Why it matters: New media platforms can instantly put a national spotlight on cases that have long been forgotten or buried under red tape.