Until this week, Republicans, like Democrats and the general public, were largely unaware the shortage of formulas for children nationwide. But eager to fuel the machine of outrage, the GOP is now turning the shortage into a dire political attack on the Biden administration’s immigration policies. And they are specifically chasing migrant children.
“As mothers and fathers stare at empty grocery store shelves in panic, the Biden administration is happy to provide a baby formula to illegal immigrants crossing our southern border,” the Texas governor said. Greg Abbott said in a statements Thursday, blowing up the government that supplies infant formula to immigration detention facilities.
“American families are missing, but if you’re a migrant, don’t worry, because Uncle Sam has a stash,” said Fox News host Steve Doocy. in a recent segment. “Joe Biden continues to put America LAST by shipping pallets of formula milk to the southern border as American families face empty shelves,” Rep. Elise Stefanik tweeted.
The fact that Republicans have taken a legitimate crisis to launch a cruel campaign on some of the most vulnerable – literal children – is a natural fit for a party that thrives on their supposed seats in line being taken by those they think are least. worthy. It’s a complaint that feeds much of the GOP’s rhetoric and political agenda, from social welfare to immigration. But it’s hard to miss the blatant hypocrisy in these cries, as the so-called family values party targets royal children weeks before they can win a decade-long struggle to overthrow. roe deer v. veal.
But behind the cruelty of suggesting that some children deserve hunger more is also a startling stupidity on two fronts. As my colleague Fernanda Echavarri notes, many of the images Republicans are circulating to claim that the Biden administration is sending pallets of infant formula to detention centers. don’t even include the formula of the baby that has vanished from shops:
From what I can see, the pictures showing pallets and shelves with dozens and dozens of cans are not infant formula, are cans of NEST, which is a milk substitute for the little ones. Assuming these photos show what warehouses in a Border Patrol detention facility currently look like, most of what anti-immigrant pundits and politicians are going crazy about is a milk substitute for babies one year old or older, not infant formula.
Secondly, the GOP lashes out at families, many of them certainly asylum seekers, who have been detained by the US government. Their detention deprives them of the ability to shop in person to secure food for their children or, in the case of so many families right now, from having to drive from chain to chain for hours against the backdrop of rising prices. gas prices. So what do undocumented families need to do when they need to feed their children? Perhaps the Republicans themselves now outraged that the government is helping to feed detained babies operate on the idea that mothers should simply breastfeed and leave formula to them.
It’s wrong. But Republicans reinforce the pernicious and misleading idea that women are designed to make and feed babies is another perfect theme for the GOP.