Texas Governor Greg Abbott joined America Reports on Friday with an exclusive update on conditions at two facilities where migrants are being held after crossing the US-Mexico border.
ABBOTT: We know it’s a crisis. What I have learned over the past hour shows that we are grappling with a humanitarian catastrophe.
I have to tell you about two of the three places where migrants are detained in Texas… in addition to the one in Dallas, there is the one in Carrizo Springs, in South Texas, as well as in Midland.
What we have learned in Midland, just in the last hour, [are] two things. The first is that they do not have clean running water proven on the spot. They were using well water which the Texas Environmental Quality Commission informed the federal government was not found to be safe. It’s unclear what might be in there, including the possibility of arsenic. So the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality assesses water, running water. There is therefore no viable and usable running water at the Midland site.
And then on top of that, over 10% of migrants at the Midland location have now tested positive for COVID-19. On top of that, you mentioned the location of Carrizo Springs. We have also learned, in the last hour, that over 10% of the population of this place has tested positive for COVID-19 … Whenever we are faced with the massive influx of people crossing the border, this would be a humanitarian crisis and a big challenge now, knowing the extent of the spread of COVID in these areas. This is happening during a pandemic and is putting lives at risk as we speak.
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