New mothers are angry with the federal government for sending baby formula at the Texas border to feed illegal immigrants at a time when store shelves are bare.
Florida Congresswoman Kat Cammack, who is a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, posted photos of “pallets” of infant formula at the Ursula Migrant Processing Center in McAllen, Texas on her Twitter and Facebook pages Wednesday.
“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 wrote in a tweet accompanying side-by-side photographs of full and bare shelves. “The second is from a shelf right here at home. Formula is scarce. This is what America last looks like.”
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
In a video posted to Facebook, Cammack says that migrant children deserve to be fed, but that the stockpiling was just “another example of the ‘America Last’ agenda.”
“It is not the children’s fault at all,” the congresswoman said. “But what is infuriating to me is that this is another example of the ‘America Last’ agenda the Biden administration continues to perpetuate.”
The images feature dozens of boxes of various baby formula brands, including Nido and Advantage which used to be available at Target.
When asked about the formula shortage, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that “mothers should call their pediatricians if they can’t feed their babies.”
In one of the pictures, the formula appears to have just arrived after being shipped to the facility and it is marked with a “DO NOT TAKE” sign.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a statement saying that all children deserve to be fed, but American children “deserve to be put first.”
Cammack urged her constituents to call their Democratic leaders and “demand that the administration take action on putting the baby formula back on the shelves for American kids.”
Meanwhile, President Biden is directing his administration to work urgently to solve the baby formula shortage across the U.S.
Thursday, Biden met with retailers and infant formula manufacturers.
He said he will make sure that baby formula is safe and available across the country. Psaki said the President will use “every tool” available to the government to alleviate the crisis.