Texas Governor Criticizes Biden Administration for Giving Migrant Children Baby Formula

A statement by Texas Governor Greg Abbott condemning the Joe Biden administration for providing baby formula to migrant children in detention centers has faced widespread criticism, accusing the Republican of politically motivated anti-immigrant rhetoric during a nationwide formula shortage. the country.

“Our children deserve a president who puts their needs and their survival first, not one who delivers critical supplies to illegal immigrants before the very people he is sworn to serve,” the governor said in a joint statement with the president of a union he represents. to border immigrants. patrol officers

Follow the governor’s statement similar comments from Republican officials like Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has accused federal agencies of sending formula to “illegal mothers and their babies” at the US-Mexico border, rhetoric that has echoed in the right-wing media .

The recall of formula produced at a Michigan manufacturing plant, coupled with supply chain issues fueled by Covid-19, has made formula difficult for families to find, or subject to supply limits. buying from stores, after manufacturers closed and warehouse stocks removed, but not replaced US formula largely monopolized, with strict regulations on imports; the shortage of the recall is compounded by demand among a handful of companies that rely on the same fragile supply chain.

President Biden has called on federal agencies to help address the shortage, including relaxing the rules manufacturers must follow in order for their products to be eligible under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, that supports low-income families.

Manufacturers have produced more formula in the last four weeks than in the same period immediately before the recall, according to an administration official.

“Instead of working for a solution where ALL babies can be fed, Republicans like Greg Abbott are trying to divide us by creating dangerous and false narratives and demanding that formula be denied to immigrant children.” saying immigration advocacy group United We Dream. “It’s shameless.”

Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, Senior Policy Advisor for the American Immigration Council, saying the governor “apparently believes that Biden should starve babies locked up in Border Patrol detention centers. And to be clear, the amount of baby formula used at the border is infinitesimal compared to the national demand.”

“I get that it’s all politics, but if you’re going to have babies in immigration detention, it seems like you have to feed them, too.” saying Steve Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law.

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