Nehl’s office declined to answer the question of whether lawmakers wanted the administration to stop sending formula to the detention center. Instead, his office issued a brief statement, calling the Biden administration’s decision to send the formula to detention centers “unconscionable.”
“As parents struggle to find formula amid a nationwide shortage coupled with inflation, it is unconscionable that the Biden administration is spending taxpayer dollars to ship pallets of formula to people entering. illegally in this country,” the statement read. “President Biden is once again proving that he prioritizes illegal immigrants over the American people he is sworn to protect. American resources should flow to Americans first.”
“This is wrong and it needs to be stopped,” said Gary Black, Georgia agriculture commissioner and candidate for the US Senate. tweeted.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a joint statement with the Border Patrol Union.
“As mothers and fathers stare at empty grocery store shelves in panic, the Biden administration is happy to provide formula milk to illegal immigrants crossing our southern border,” they said.
Customs and Border Protection, however, said providing food and security to immigrants, including infants, was a legal responsibility. The McAllen facility alone has a capacity of 1,200, including infants.
CBP did not respond to questions about the photo posted by Cammack, but an agency spokesperson said it “takes seriously its legal responsibility to ensure the safety and security of those under our guard”.
“Ensuring that migrants, including children and infants, in our custody have their basic needs met is consistent with this administration’s commitment to ensuring safe, orderly, and humane processes at our border,” said the spokesperson. “CBP complies with all applicable regulations for the purchase of products used in CBP facilities.”
Although CBP is required to feed infants at its facilities, Republican lawmakers have continued to press the issue on social media and in the halls of Congress.