The faux outrage that Biden is stockpiling baby formula for undocumented immigrants

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“They are sending pallets, pallets of baby formula to the border. Meanwhile, in our own district at home, we cannot find baby formula.”
— Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.), on social media, May 12
“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. This is yet another one in a long line of reckless, out-of-touch priorities from the Biden administration when it comes to securing our border and protecting Americans.”
Joint statement by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) President Brandon Judd, May 12
Cammack sparked a furor Thursday when she posted photos that compared what she said were stockpiles of baby formula for undocumented immigrants with empty grocery shelves for Americans in local stores. “You see the American government sending by the pallet thousands and thousands of containers of baby formula to the border, that would make my blood boil,” she said.
The Texas governor, along with other Republicans, quickly jumped on the bandwagon, issuing a joint statement with a president of a labor union that represents Border Patrol agents.
Cammack said she was not blaming the babies — “it is not the children’s fault at all” — but she and Abbott blasted the Biden administration for allowing this happen.
The problem is that the Biden administration is following the law — a law that President Donald Trump also followed (though he wasn’t happy about it).

The Facts​

At issue is something called the Flores consent decree, which began as a class-action lawsuit regarding the treatment of migrant children. The Justice Department negotiated a settlement in 1997 during President Bill Clinton’s administration.
The Flores settlement requires the federal government to release rather than detain undocumented immigrant children, first to their parents if possible, to other adult relatives if not, and to licensed programs willing to accept custody if no relatives are available. A 2015 judicial ruling then said the Flores settlement covered all children in immigration officials’ custody, regardless of whether they were apprehended crossing the border alone or with family.
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Here’s the relevant section of the settlement, which refers to the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
Note the reference to food: “Whenever the INS takes a minor into custody, it shall expeditiously process the minor and shall provide the minor with a notice of rights, including the right to a bond redetermination hearing if applicable. Following arrest, the INS shall hold minors in facilities that are safe and sanitary and that are consistent with the INS’s concern for the particular vulnerability of minors. Facilities will provide access to toilets and sinks, drinking water and food as appropriate, medical assistance if the minor is in need of emergency services, adequate temperature control and ventilation, adequate supervision to protect minors from others, and contact with family members who were arrested with the minor.”
A 2015 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) document laid out national standards for transport, escort, detention and search processes. These standards are derived from the Flores settlement and a 2008 law that codified elements of Flores, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

Among those standards: “Food must be appropriate for at-risk detainees’ age and capabilities (such as formula and baby food).”
We mentioned that Trump was no fan of Flores. He tried to get rid of it but was blocked by the courts. So he followed the law, too. “We also observed all Border Patrol stations had food, snacks, juice, and infant formula available for children,” said a 2020 Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report on how the administration struggled to manage the 2019 migrant surge.
“CBP takes seriously its legal responsibility to ensure the safety and security of individuals in our custody,” a DHS spokesman said. “Ensuring migrants, including children and infants, in our custody have their basic needs met is in line with this Administration’s commitment to ensuring safe, orderly, and humane processes at our border. CBP complies with all applicable regulations for the purchase of products used in CBP facilities.”
We sought comments from Cammack, Abbott and Judd but did not get responses.

The Pinocchio Test​

This is a ridiculous faux outrage. The shortage of baby formula is a serious issue that the administration is seeking to address. But at the same time, the administration cannot be faulted for following the law and providing baby formula to undocumented immigrants. Anyone who suggests this is the result of specific Biden policies, i.e., his “reckless, out-of-touch priorities,” earns Four Pinocchios.

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DFSNOLE

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It is what it is. They’re giving formula to illegals during a domestic shortage when Americans cannot get it for themselves. Simple observation, you can justify it however you’d like.
Two questions:
Should the law be broken because of a supply issue?

What impact would distributing every pallet to every store nationwide have in easing the shortage?

Think just a little every now and then.
 

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Two questions:
Should the law be broken because of a supply issue?

What impact would distributing every pallet to every store nationwide have in easing the shortage?

Think just a little every now and then.
It’s simple. An observation of the priorities of the federal government in action. Also speaks to the inefficiencies and limitations that exist in government. It’s being used as political theater, but it’s certainly not false.
 

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I just hope they're checking each can for fentanyl, since we don't seem to care too much about how much of that stuff comes across the border and kills us.
 
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So we are in fact sending baby formula to the border for illegal immigrants while not being able to meet the needs of American citizens?



And the old suspects just gargle cock because the guy in office is a dem. I wish I could laugh at this shit.


If Joe biden fell into a barrel of tits he would come out sucking his thumb.
 

NCHawk5

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Babies are babies. Feed em if they’re in your custody. This is not that hard.

if you want to deport them and their parents afterwards, and you have a basis for doing so, that’s fine too.
I guess. Seems like the feds don’t give a shit about the working class of this country. Billions to Ukraine and no answers for everyone losing the value of their wages.
 

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So we are in fact sending baby formula to the border for illegal immigrants while not being able to meet the needs of American citizens?



And the old suspects just gargle cock because the guy in office is a dem. I wish I could laugh at this shit.


If Joe biden fell into a barrel of tits he would come out sucking his thumb.
Even the President has to follow the law.
 

abby97

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Two questions:
Should the law be broken because of a supply issue?

What impact would distributing every pallet to every store nationwide have in easing the shortage?

Think just a little every now and then.
Answer yes. Someone has to get the formula. It is either sold to U.S. citizens or given to illegals. Easy call.......
 

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So we are in fact sending baby formula to the border for illegal immigrants while not being able to meet the needs of American citizens?



And the old suspects just gargle cock because the guy in office is a dem. I wish I could laugh at this shit.


If Joe biden fell into a barrel of tits he would come out sucking his thumb.
Yes [we] are....we're just not "stockpiling" it! 🤣 🤣 🤣
 

joelbc1

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you can’t always get what you want!
My bride came home from the gym this morning abs told me a work-out compadre told her this AM that Biden has “pallets and pallets of baby formula stacked in warehouses” on the border!
My God in heaven…. We must be trading baby formula for fentanyl with those Mexican drug cartels! I bet Hunter Biden is fronting this scheme, too!
Damn those Biden’s!
 

FAUlty Gator

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People are trying everything. Just saw this kid in Publix.
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gusto79

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So we are in fact sending baby formula to the border for illegal immigrants while not being able to meet the needs of American citizens?



And the old suspects just gargle cock because the guy in office is a dem. I wish I could laugh at this shit.


If Joe biden fell into a barrel of tits he would come out sucking his thumb.
Should we let babies in government custody starve to death? What am I missing? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills here.

Even if this wasn't mandatory under the law we should still make sure babies under government custody don't starve to death.
 

globalhawk

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Should we let babies in government custody starve to death? What am I missing? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills here.

Even if this wasn't mandatory under the law we should still make sure babies under government custody don't starve to death.
Most people would call that murder.
 
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My bride came home from the gym this morning abs told me a work-out compadre told her this AM that Biden has “pallets and pallets of baby formula stacked in warehouses” on the border!
My God in heaven…. We must be trading baby formula for fentanyl with those Mexican drug cartels! I bet Hunter Biden is fronting this scheme, too!
Damn those Biden’s!
Funny how now even those on the left are trying to laugh off and make jokes about this administration's insanity. Can't explain it and can't justify it so try and laugh it off........
 

abby97

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Should we let babies in government custody starve to death? What am I missing? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills here.

Even if this wasn't mandatory under the law we should still make sure babies under government custody don't starve to death.
Let me try and explain this in a way that even a lefty could understand, you have X amount of formula and you have x amount of babies, someone has to decide who gets the formula. The formula is owned by the U.S.. government and was paid for by U.S. taxpayers so, seems like the prudent thing to do would be to give it to U.S. citizen babies. Now for those bleeding hearts in the crowd, it doesn't mean the illegal babies will starve, it just means some other form of food will have to be found for them just as if the formula was given to the illegals, the U.S. citizen babies would be forced to find some other form of food.
 
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you can’t always get what you want!
My bride came home from the gym this morning abs told me a work-out compadre told her this AM that Biden has “pallets and pallets of baby formula stacked in warehouses” on the border!
My God in heaven…. We must be trading baby formula for fentanyl with those Mexican drug cartels! I bet Hunter Biden is fronting this scheme, too!
Damn those Biden’s!

Let me try and explain this in a way that even a lefty could understand, you have X amount of formula and you have x amount of babies, someone has to decide who gets the formula. The formula is owned by the U.S.. government and was paid for by U.S. taxpayers so, seems like the prudent thing to do would be to give it to U.S. citizen babies. Now for those bleeding hearts in the crowd, it doesn't mean the illegal babies will starve, it just means some other form of food will have to be found for them just as if the formula was given to the illegals, the U.S. citizen babies would be forced to find some other form of food.
Pallets and pallets of the stuff! Warehouses full of formula! And the Biden Crime Family is running the program....using union truck drivers (Teamsters), too! Hehehehe......Oh, the humanity!!!! (but it keeps the price of fentanyl lower!.....and apparently, Americans LOVE them some fentanyl)
 
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Huey Grey

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Funny how now even those on the left are trying to laugh off and make jokes about this administration's insanity. Can't explain it and can't justify it so try and laugh it off........
Insanity is feeding babies. Got it. GOP has earned my vote.
 
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binsfeldcyhawk2

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Non issue. Have to feed babies whether their citizens or not....

That said...a couple heads at the FDA have to roll...they've known about this problem for months. Should have upchanneled months ago to waiver imports of formula.

Way behind the power curve on this...
 
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Chishawk1425

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Non issue. Have to feed babies whether their citizens or not....

That said...a couple heads at the FDA have to roll...they've known about this problem for months. Should have upchanneled months ago to waiver imports of formula.

Way behind the power curve on this...
Agreed