Texas Gov. Greg Abbott moved to block federal housing for child migrants in the Lone Star State by ordering child-care regulators to pull licenses for the facilities that house minors detained after crossing the border illegally.
Abbott issued the directive on Tuesday that would affect 4,223 unaccompanied children who are being held in state-licensed facilities or child placement agencies, the Dallas Morning News reported.
There are 52 state-licensed residential operations and child placement agencies in Texas that have contracts with the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement and care for the children.
About 17,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children are in the US, according to Health and Human Services.
Abbott, a Republican, said he had to issue the executive order because the situation was causing a crisis in foster care.
Young unaccompanied migrants watch television from inside a playpen at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility in Donna, Texas.Dario Lopez-Mills/Pool, AP
“The unabated influx of individuals resulting from federal