Democrats criticize Elise Stefanik for outrage over baby food for migrants

  • Rep. Elise Stefanik called it “unacceptable” to give baby food to migrants during the shortage.
  • Stefanik, a leading Republican and Trump favorite, said, “Biden continues to put America in LAST.”
  • Democratic delegates Eric Swalwell and Ruben Gallego accused her of wanting to deprive babies of food.

Democratic lawmakers accused MP Elise Stefanik of seeking to withhold food from babies in response to her comments about infant formulas in immigration detention centers.

“Joe Biden puts America on LAST by shipping pallets of baby food to the southern border as American families face empty shelves. This is unacceptable. American mothers and their babies should not suffer from the #BidenBorderCrisis,” Stefanik, third top Republican in the House and a favorite of former President Donald Trump, said in a: tweet on Friday.

The New York representative’s tweet came amid a… wave of Republican outcry over claims that infant formula pallets were sent to storage facilities, while the US faces a nationwide shortage due to supply chain problems and product recalls.

Some Democratic lawmakers jumped on Stefanik’s comments.

Rep. Ruben Gallego from Arizona tweeted and asked her what she suggested instead, “Do we just starve these babies? The parents are locked up, they can’t go shopping for an alternative. So you’re asking the government to deliberately starve children?”

Rep. Eric Swalwell from California too tweeted at Stefanik: “If you’re in Congress proposing starving babies, you deserve to have your name trend. #EliseStarvefanik.”

A representative for Stefanik did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Baby food shortages in the US started months ago but got worse in April. By the end of the month, 40% of infant formula products were out of stock nationwide, with more than 50% in some states.

The White House announced plans to address the shortage on Thursday.

It’s unclear when and how much infant formula was sent to immigration facilities, but Republicans began raising concerns after Representative Kat Cammack said “baby food pallets” had been sent to border storage facilities.

In a statement provided to Insider on Thursday, a spokesperson for Customs and Border Protection said: “CBP takes its legal responsibility seriously to ensure the safety and security of individuals in our custody. commitment by this government to ensure safe, orderly and humane processes at our border.”

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