Pallets of baby formula are being sent to migrant detention facilities amid a shortage shortage that is currently plaguing American parents.
From the Washington Examiner:
According to videos posted by a Florida lawmaker, the Biden administration has been shipping “pallets” of baby formula to migrant holding facilities.
“They are sending pallets, pallets of baby formula to the border,” said Republican Rep. Kat Cammack in one of two online postings yesterday. “Meanwhile, in our own district at home, we cannot find baby formula,” she added, holding a photo of empty shelves where the formula would be.
Cammack said that a border agent sent her photographs of the deliveries, and she posted one online.
“They’re receiving pallets and more pallets of baby formula at the border,” she said holding one of the photos showing both Advantage brand formula and Gogo Squeez applesauce. “This was taken at Ursula processing facility [in McAllen, Texas] where thousands are being housed and processed and then released,” said Cammack.
Cammack also took to Twitter to address the issue, posting the picture side-by-side with a photo showing empty shelves where baby formula typically sits at a local store.
“The first photo is from this morning at the Ursula Processing Center at the U.S. border. Shelves and pallets packed with baby formula,” she said. The second is from a shelf right here at home. Formula is scarce.”
The first photo is from this morning at the Ursula Processing Center at the U.S. border. Shelves and pallets packed with baby formula.
The second is from a shelf right here at home. Formula is scarce.
This is what America last looks like. pic.twitter.com/OO0V99njoy
— Kat Cammack (@Kat_Cammack) May 11, 2022
“This is what America last looks like,” she added.
While Cammack noted that it was “not the children’s’ fault at all,” for receiving the formula, she argued that the “Biden administration continues to perpetuate” an “America last agenda.”
The shortage of formula has continued to worsen in the last month, forcing families to make difficult decisions. In one case, a family has been forced to use a feeding tube on their daughter after she failed to adjust to a new formula amid a shortage of the formula she typically eats.
“It’s been impossible to get our hands on it, and the only ones we can find online, people price-gouged,” Jessi Whitesides, who has a 4-year-old autistic daughter, told the Washington Post. “There were two cases on Ebay, which is eight cans, that was going for $800.”
When his daughter, who also suffers from food allergies and gastrointestinal issues, couldn’t adjust to any of the new formulas, the family was forced into the gut wrenching decision.
“The shortage has led us to decide to put a feeding tube in our child,” he said.
Supply chain issues began to plague formula makers last year, but a recent massive recall of Abbot formula after four infants became ill and two died deepened the crisis.
The shortage has led many to call on the Biden administration to do more, but so far the White House has not released any concrete plan on how to combat the formula shortfall.
“That’s something certainly we’ve been tracking,” the White House said Wednesday. “Ensuring that infant formula is safe and available for families across the country is a top priority to the White House.”