Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is leading an investigation into allegations that the Biden administration has been shipping pallets of infant formula to the southern border for the use of illegal immigrants.
Johnson has asked for information from the Department of Homeland Security and the Food and Drug Administration regarding the steps being taken to address the current shortage of infant formula affecting the entire country. He specifically addressed reports that illegal immigrants being detained at the southern border are receiving large shipments of formula.
In his letter sent on Friday, Johnson said that a House member has received pictures from a U.S. Border Patrol agent showing that a Texas detention center operated by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has inventories of “pallets” of infant formula.
Johnson has said that the Biden White House’s claims that it is working nonstop to deal with infant formula shortages amount to “empty rhetoric.” His request calls for information on the total amount of infant formula in the federal government’s possession and how much it has provided to illegal immigrants.
His letter seeks inventory information going back to last August, when supply issues began to affect domestic formula distribution.
Johnson wrote that he does not believe the administration is doing all it could to increase the availability of formula to American parents. As an example, he said that Biden could eliminate the 17.5 percent tariff applicable to imported infant formula.
The photos of stockpiled infant formula at border detention facilities were published earlier in the week by Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL). Cammack wrote in a Facebook post that American mothers are meanwhile being told by stores that they do not know when more supplies will be coming. She added, “Welcome to Biden’s America where American moms and dads are last.”
At the end of last month, it was estimated that 40 percent of ordinary levels of U.S. infant formula inventories were out of stock.
Johnson said that assurances from the untrustworthy Biden administration and its “lack of action” are ineffective to ease the frustration and anxiety felt by parents who are trying their best to provide care for their children. He added, “The American people and parents have a right to be angry.”