Nehl’s office declined to answer a question about whether lawmakers wanted the administration to stop sending baby formula to the detention center. Instead, his office issued a brief statement calling the Biden administration’s decision to send formulas to detention centers “ruthless.”
“While parents are struggling to find baby food in the face of a nationwide shortage coupled with inflation, it is ruthless for the Biden administration to spend taxpayers’ money to ship pallets of baby food to people entering this country illegally,” the statement said . “President Biden is proving once again that he prioritizes illegal immigrants over the American people he is sworn to protect. American resources should be sent to Americans first.”
“This is wrong and needs to be stopped,” said Gary Black, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture and US Senate nominee tweeted.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a joint statement with the Border Patrol Union.
“While moms and dads stare in panic at empty grocery shelves, the Biden administration happily provides baby food to illegal immigrants crossing our southern border,” they said.
But Customs and Border Protection said providing food and security for immigrants, including young children, is a legal responsibility. The McAllen facility alone has a capacity of 1,200 people, including infants.
CBP did not respond to questions about the image released by Cammack, but a spokesman for the agency said it “takes seriously its legal responsibility to ensure the safety and security of individuals in our custody.”
“Ensuring that the basic needs of migrants, including children and infants, in our care are met is consistent with this government’s commitment to ensuring safe, orderly and humane processes at our border,” the spokesman said. “CBP complies with all applicable regulations for the purchase of products used at CBP facilities.”
Though CBP is required to feed the infants at its facilities, Republican lawmakers have continued to push the issue on social media and in the halls of Congress.