Vice President Kamala Harris has pointed to climate change as being at fault for the aggressive illegal immigration at the border between the United States and Mexico, according to Red State Watcher.
According to the vice president, who was put in charge of the border crisis, the lack of “climate adaptation and climate resilience” in several South American countries is the primary cause of the exodus to the U.S. border.
Harris also mentioned several other issues that could cause residents to flee north, including violence and government corruption.
The treatment of immigrants coming from South America has caused no end of conflict between Republicans and Democrats who disagree on President Joe Biden rolling back his predecessor’s border policies.
While the Biden administration has loosed up their Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) they also insist that those changes are not to blame for the surge at the border.
The White House has officially blamed violence, poverty, and now the climate for the constant battering ram of illegal migrants looking to enter the United States. However, the Biden administration is also at a loss for what to do with the migrants they do admit, causing many to be released into the country without court dates, according to Red State Watcher.
For her part, Harris looked to make a distinction between “acute causes” such as drought, food insecurity, and COVID-19 and what she called “long-standing” root causes.
“I’m thinking of corruption, violence and poverty, the lack of economic opportunity, the lack of climate adaptation and climate resilience, the lack of good governance,” she said.
Harris, who has not held a press conference about the status of the border in 41 days, didn’t go into detail about how she would address the problems in countries like Honduras, and Guatemala, she did talk vaguely about delivering food, shelter, and water as well as helping farmers plant drought-resistant crops.