Amid Nationwide Formula Shortage, ‘Pro-Life’ Republicans Suggest Letting Migrant Babies Starve

The United States is in the midst of a massive formula crisis affecting some of the most vulnerable members of the population: infants. A perfect storm of numerous factors: pandemic-related supply chain delays; government bureaucracy; the domain that only a few companies maintain in the formula market; The closure of one of the nation’s largest formula manufacturing plants, following the recall of contaminated batches and the deaths of two infants, has led to a terrifying reality for parents desperate and struggling to feed their children. People who have time (and many don’t) drive long distances just to find empty shelves. Private sellers are reportedly jacking up prices, charging customers double or triple the normal amount. Unable to find what they need, some parents have been forced to ration formula as they search, often in vain, for more. a woman said The New York Times She recently found herself “freaking out, crying on the floor” and told her husband, “Dude, I can’t feed our kids, I don’t know what to do.” The solution of the Republicans, many of whom claim to be pro-life? That the babies of undocumented parents starve. Or, at least, use the situation to demonize immigrants and get the cheapest political points.

On Wednesday, the representative from Florida cammack cat tweeted a couple of photos, writing: “First photo is from this morning at the Ursula Processing Center at the US border. Shelves and pallets full of baby formula. The second is from a shelf right here at home. The formula is scarce. This is what America looks like for the last time.” Later on Facebook, she claimed to have obtained the photos from a “border patrol agent” who has been on the job for “30 years.” In the video, the congresswoman generously acknowledged that while all children deserve to eat, it is not America’s job to feed the babies it detains.

“It’s not the kids’ fault at all,” Commack told supporters. “But what infuriates me is that this is yet another example of the ‘America Last’ agenda that the Biden administration continues to perpetuate.” Cammack claims to be pro-life and only supports abortion in extreme cases in the first trimester, according to Fox News. She is co-chair of the House Pro-Life Caucus and naturally delighted by the news that the Supreme Court is about to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

A day after Cammack’s suggestion to force migrant children the US government has locked up to starve, the governor of Texas Greg Abbott jumped on the bandwagon and issued a joint statement with the National Border Patrol Council: “As mothers and fathers stare in terror at empty grocery store shelves, the Biden administration is happy to provide baby formula to illegal immigrants.” crossing our southern border… Our children deserve a president who puts their needs and survival first, not one who delivers critical supplies to illegal immigrants before the very people he is sworn to serve.” Like Cammack, Abbott would like people to believe he is “pro-life” and signed a bill last September banning abortions after six weeks, prompting a wave of copycat laws across the country. .

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Also Thursday, Texas Congressman troy nehl tweeted, “Baby Formula Should Get to Americans Before Illegals.” (You can probably guess where Nehls stands on abortion.) And we’re sure you’ll be absolutely shocked to hear that Fox News also believes that migrant children should be forced to starve. How the media matters matt gertz points out, a small selection of comments from network stars in the past two days have included: “Why are we feeding illegal babies before American babies?” (jesse watters); “These are not people who respected our borders, our laws and our sovereignty. Why wouldn’t all the lollipops go to American families first?” (Sean Hannity); and “Once they get here, the Biden administration will give them food that can’t be bought. Those would include baby formula… How much more of this are people going to drink, you wonder? It’s too humiliating.”Tucker Carlson). Fox, of course, has been a major voice in the anti-abortion movement.

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What The Washington Post‘s glenn kessler points out, federal law literally requires the government to provide food, as well as other basic human rights, to the people it detains. But that reality is a mere roadblock for Republicans in their long-standing quest to demonize people who weren’t born here. like Jezebel Caitlin Cruz he wrote Thursday: “Migrants and immigrants of all ages are the perfect bogeymen. First, they take their jobs; now they want to take food out of babies’ mouths, while at the same time forcing women to carry their pregnancies to term. The hypocrisy is so thick I’m drowning.”

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