Illegal immigrants getting baby formula first despite massive nationwide shortage, say Republican lawmakers

Olivia Godden prepares a bottle of baby formula for her infant son, Jaiden, Friday, May 13, 2022, at her home in San Antonio. Godden, who feeds her son 2 ounces of formula every two hours, has reached out to family and friends as well as other moms through social media in efforts to locate needed baby formula which is in short supply. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
By Thomas Brooke
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Republican politicians have criticized the priorities of Joe Biden’s administration after questioning why the U.S. government appears to be buying and stocking baby formula at an illegal migrant processing center on the country’s southern border, when many other store shelves are empty for American babies.

A national shortage of baby formula has sparked panic and chaos across the United States, prompting 100 House Republicans to pen a letter to President Biden on Wednesday, demanding the federal government to do more to address the situation.

Kat Cammack, a Republican congresswoman in Florida, went viral on social media on Wednesday after posting two photos in relation to the shortage which purported to show empty shelves in her electoral district, and a stacked supply available for illegal migrants at the Ursula Processing Center, a border detention camp for illegal migrants in Texas.

“This is what America last looks like,” Cammack quipped as she bemoaned the scarcity of baby formula across the country while shelves and pallets were “packed” with the product at border detention facilities.

Reportedly sent to the Florida congresswoman by a concerned agent at the facility, Cammack was told she “would not believe the shipment I just brought in.”

“He has been a border patrol agent for 30 years and he has never seen anything quite like this,” Cammack said of her source at the facility. “He is a grandfather and he is saying that his own children can’t get baby formula,” she added.

Despite the criticism, the White House has insisted that alleviating the supply issue for Americans is a “top priority.”

“That’s something certainly we’ve been tracking,” the incoming White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday. “Ensuring that infant formula is safe and available for families across the country is a top priority to the White House,” she added.

Speaking to Fox News, Cammack described the “infuriating” disparity as yet “another example of the America last agenda that the Biden administration continues to perpetuate.

“I don’t know about you, but if I am a mother, anywhere anytime in America, and I go to my local Walmart or Target or Publix or Safeway or Kroger or wherever it may be that you shop and you are seeing their shelves and you are seeing signs that you are not able to get baby formula,” Cammack told the broadcaster. “And then you see the American government sending by the pallet thousands and thousands of containers of baby formula to the border, that would make my blood boil,” she added.

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