MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton made a visit to the Permian Basin, touring the Midland Migrant Facility.
“We’re concerned about where these kids are going cause some are coming in and going out,” says Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The Attorney General says the kids were behind closed doors for their visit, but staff members say they are being taken care of.
Last week, Midland District Attorney, Laura Nordolf said in a press release there is an on-going criminal investigation into the facility.
Concerns that the children at the Midland location were subject to abuse and neglect have been expressed by local law enforcement, state, and federally elected officials directly to HHS/ORR with no answers. The concern of potential predators entering the Midland facility reached a point that the Midland County Sheriff’s Office and the Midland County District Attorney’s Office offered to conduct proper background checks for individuals providing direct care to the children. That offer was rejected by HHS on March 31st, 2021. Since then, the Midland County Sheriff’s Office and the Midland County District Attorney’s Office have been faced with allegations that have resulted in an ongoing criminal investigation. These allegations have also been reported to the Office of the Inspector General for HHS.
“But no one came out to discuss any of this with us, says Attorney General Paxton. “We saw a few staff members, we were out there testing the water, but no one with leadershp came to us to say where they were at as far as the facilities or with the kids, who’s leaving, who’s going and whether these allegations have any legs to them or that more should be done to protect these kids.”
Meanwhile, Senator John Cornyn says there’s a lot of work that needs to be done in Washington to fix the situation at the border.
“And now they’ve created a massive humanity coming across the border because it looks like the welcome mat is out, and there’s no consequeses associated with illegal immigration into the United States,” says Senator John Cornyn. “So I’m working with some democratic collegues in the house and the senate to try to come up with some legeslation that might help address this, mainly by eliminating catch and release.”
The Biden Administration has made agreements with Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala to tighten their borders.