Baby formula is displayed on the shelves of a grocery store in Carmel, Ind., Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Parents across the U.S. are scrambling to find baby formula because supply disruptions and a massive safety recall have swept many leading brands off store shelves.
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A national shortage of baby formula has led to empty shelves and panicked parents.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott accused the Biden administration of putting undocumented migrants before Americans.
It’s unclear how much formula has been sent to holding facilities.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott criticized President Joe Biden on Thursday and accused him of sending baby formula to undocumented migrants at the border as American parents nationwide face a severe shortage.
“Children are our most vulnerable, precious Texans and deserve to be put first,” the Republican said in a joint statement with Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council. “Yet, President Biden has turned a blind eye to parents across America who are facing the nightmare of a nationwide baby formula shortage.”
“While mothers and fathers stare at empty grocery store shelves in a panic, the Biden Administration is happy to provide baby formula to illegal immigrants coming across our southern border,” it continued.
Shortages of baby formula in the US began months ago but got even worse in April. By the end of the month, 40% of infant formula products nationwide were out of stock, and in some states it was more than 50%. The White House on Thursday announced plans to address the shortage.
A representative for Abbott did not immediately respond to Insider’s questions about if he is proposing formula be withheld from migrants at holding facilities in Texas or how such supplies should be distributed.
“CBP takes seriously its legal responsibility to ensure the safety and security of individuals in our custody. Ensuring migrants, including …read more
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