Ocasio-Cortez: Climate Change is ‘Fueling’ the Immigration Crisis
Democrat joins Al Gore's narrative on what is driving immigrants to southern border
Progressive Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that climate change was a “major factor” driving immigrants to the southern border.
“The far-right loves to drum up fear [and] resistance to immigrants,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Tuesday.
“But have you ever noticed they never talk about what‘s causing people to flee their homes in the first place?”
“Perhaps that’s [because] they’d be forced to confront one major factor fueling global migration: Climate change,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
The congresswoman's tweet also links to a video by The Leap, a group founded by author and activist Naomi Klein.
In the video, it addresses “why the climate movement must fight for migrant justice to win the world we want.”
The video seems to be part of an attempt to link global warming to a host of apparently unrelated issues including national security and health care.
Last year, Former Vice President Al Gore claimed the recent Central American migrant caravan seeking asylum in the U.S. is a "startling example” of global warming.
“People from all over the world are being forced to migrate because the climate crisis is affecting their livelihood. The migrant caravan from Central America is a recent, startling example,” Gore tweeted.
Gore also expressed the same narrative to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in January.
The far-right loves to drum up fear & resistance to immigrants.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 9, 2019
But have you ever noticed they never talk about what‘s causing people to flee their homes in the first place?
Perhaps that’s bc they’d be forced to confront 1 major factor fueling global migration:
Climate change. https://t.co/zyJzTjEgHt
People from all over the world are being forced to migrate because the climate crisis is affecting their livelihood. The migrant caravan from Central America is a recent, startling example. This @FT video connects the dots in a profound way. https://t.co/pGZwiUeIRZ— Al Gore (@algore) December 17, 2018
“And they’ve gone without a harvest this year. Some have gone without harvest for two years,” Gore said.
“That is one of the principal causes for them making that long journey.”
It seems that other news outlets have tried to link climate change to the emigrant crisis, and have dominated headlines in 2018.
A report from the Guardian also suggests climate change is linked to the immigration crisis:
Today’s Central American migrants – most of them asylum seekers fearing for their lives – are fleeing gangs, profound economic instability (if not abject poverty), and either neglect or outright persecution at the hands of their government.
But these things are all complicated and further compounded by the fact that the northern triangle of Central America – a region comprising Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, and the most significant sources of asylum seekers crossing our border in recent years – is deeply affected by environmental degradation and the impacts of a changing global climate.
Last year, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders criticized a new climate-change report as "not based on facts," and "not data-driven" - as the Trump administration's repudiation the statement created by 13 federal agencies.
Sanders denounced the National Climate Assessment before defended Trump's publicly by expressing doubt about its information of probable severe ocean-level rises and connected economic damages.
"You have to look at the fact that this report is based on the most extreme modeled scenario, which contradicts long-established trends," Sanders said.