Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a disaster declaration that directs state child-care regulators to "take all necessary steps" to deny or discontinue within 90 days state licenses for any facilities that house migrant children.
Why it matters: The directive could force the relocation of 4,223 migrant children currently residing in state-licensed facilities in Texas, according to the Dallas Morning News reports.
- There are roughly 17,000 unaccompanied children in the United States.
- Texas currently has 52 state-licensed general residential operations and child-placing agencies, which partner with the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement to care for undocumented children, per the Dallas Morning News.
What they're saying: “The Biden administration’s immigration policies are failing Texans, causing a humanitarian crisis in many Texas communities along the border,” Abbot said in the order, which was dated May 31.
- "HHS’s top priority is the health and safety of the children in our care," Sarah Lovenheim, a spokesperson for HHS tweeted.
The big picture: "Some critics worry [Abbott's order] could set a precedent for other Republican governors to thwart efforts by the Biden administration to increase capacity in a network of licensed shelters," AP noted.