White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to criticism Friday regarding the Biden administration shipping pallets of baby formula to illegal migrants despite a national shortage.
"Well, we do like facts here. So let me just give you a little sense of the facts on this one," Psaki began following a question from a reporter regarding comments made by Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.
"There's something called the Flores settlement, which you may or may not be aware of that's been in place since 1997. It requires adequate food and elsewhere, specifies age appropriateness. Hence formula for kids under the age of one," Psaki told reporters on Friday.
"CBP is following the law, that law that has been in place, and been followed, by the way, by the past — every administration since 1997," she said.
"So this has been a law in the United States for a quarter century. It's been followed by every administration, but I would also note that we also think it's morally the right thing to do. You know, this is a difference from the last administration. It is the law, but we believe that when children and babies — or babies, I should say, are crossing the border with a family member, that providing them formula is morally right. And so we certainly support the implementation of it," she continued.
Prominent criticism of the shortage came from Stefanik who said in a Friday press conference, "right now, families across America are struggling to feed their babies due to a horrific nationwide baby formula shortage."
"Joe Biden simply has no plan. In fact, when Joe Biden’s White House was asked about the shortage, they laughed. Shameful. Make no mistake, there is nothing laughable or funny about this crisis," Stefanik continued.
"Think about this: children – babies – have been put to bed hungry while parents are desperately trying to find alternative formulas that are often difficult to procure. This is not a third world country. This should never happen in the United States of America," she later added.
Stefanik has also criticized Biden for prioritizing the shipment of baby formula to illegal migrants.
Fellow House member Kat Cammack spoke out about the pallets of baby formula being sent to the border after receiving photos sent to her by a border patrol agent.
"The first photo is from this morning at the Ursula Processing Center at the US border. Shelves and pallets packed with baby formula. The second is from a shelf right here at home. Formula is scarce. This is what America last looks like," the Congresswoman tweeted on Wednesday.
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