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Report: No Evidence Of Abuse At Federal Immigration Detention Centers In Texas

August 10, 2018 - 5:43 am
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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - At a State House Human Services Committee hearing at the State Capitol Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman updated state lawmakers of their ongoing investigations into abuse charges.

“So yes, Chairman, we’ve had about 51 or so investigations to those facilities. Nine are still pending. We have not found any that we investigated that were founded yet” said  Commissioner Whitman.

Reports last week tweeted by a lawyer with the American Immigration Lawyers Association that a toddler had died after leaving the Dilley South Texas Family Residential Center were a catalyst for the State House hearing.

About that Whitman said they haven’t been able to investigate that charge. “I consider him a professional reporter (referring to the lawyer) and he should call. I hope he’s listening to this. If he’d just please give us the name of the child…we have no way of knowing otherwise. We don’t know if the child died the day after…We don’t know.”

The state is currently reviewing four additional Detention Center License applications.