Abbott in a joint statement with the National Border Patrol Council protested about feeding migrant children in U.S. custody amid a national shortage of infant formula.
Carl Takei, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU. commented "Gov. Abbott and NBPC are literally demanding that the government lock babies in cages and then starve them of the sustenance they need to survive," I just can't come up with the words to describe how despicable and inhumane this is." He continued "I'm especially blown away by the explicit contrast this statement sets up between 'our children' (who are vulnerable, precious, and deserve survival) vs. the not-our-children who deserve to starve in our baby jails."