BETO: Migrants Have 'No Choice' But To Come To US Because of Climate Change
2020 presidential candidate makes bizarre claim at Homestead Temporary Shelter
O'Rourke, who is losing traction within the 2020 Democratic primary, made the remarks while visiting the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Florida on Wednesday.
"And we've got to remember that they are fleeing the deadliest countries on the face of the planet today compounded by drought that was caused not by God, not by mother nature, but by us, man-made climate change, our emissions, our excesses, our inaction in the face of the facts and the science," O'Rourke said.
"When it is that deadly and when you're unable to grow your own food to feed yourself, you have no choice but to come here."
This week, O'Rourke participated in the first Democratic presidential debate and was one of the candidates agreeing to give illegal immigrants taxpayer funded healthcare.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said it was time for O'Rourke to drop out of the race and go home, according to ABC's "The View."
"Listen, two nights ago, Beto looked like the guy who hadn’t done his homework and got called on in class," Christie said.
"He was like, 'Oh, God. Me? Can you ask the guy next to me?'"
In April, O'Rourke unveiled an ambitious $5 trillion "Climate Change" plan.
"The greatest threat we face — which will test our country, our democracy, every single one of us — is climate change," the former congressman warned.
Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke: Migrants “have no choice but to come here” because of U.S. climate change “excesses” pic.twitter.com/y7v9SKBHvZ— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 28, 2019
We have one last chance to unleash the ingenuity and political will of hundreds of millions of Americans to meet this moment before it's too late.”
Beto is hoping to breath new life into his campaign with his plan to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The proposal is O'Rourke's first significant policy rollout since launching his bid for the White House in mid-March.
The plan calls for “mobilizing” $5 trillion over ten years to transform America’s aging infrastructure and spur innovation that will help communities fight climate change.
O’Rourke’s campaign said the vast price tag the “single largest investment in fighting climate change in history.”
Fellow 2020 hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren also laid out her ambitious plan to create jobs while fighting 'climate change,' but the catch is the program costs $2 trillion.
Warren's plan, which is eerily similar to the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, proposes three major policy programs to spend $2 trillion over ten years to create 1 million jobs.