Kamala Harris thinks that the climate is causing the border crisis. The claim drew the attention of many Republicans who pointed out the insanity in her claim.
According to Town Hall:
In a speech to the Washington Conference on the Americas, Harris named some of the “acute causes,” such as food insecurity, hurricanes, and COVID-19.
As for the 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.
VP Harris claims "the lack of climate adaptation and climate resilience” are “root causes” driving the surge at the southern border pic.twitter.com/7hYYRsnI3t
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 4, 2021
Fox News reported:
While she didn’t immediately go into details, she later spoke of delivering food, shelter and water to the people of Honduras, and, in Guatemala, working with farmers to plant drought-resistant crops and help women farmers increase their crops.
Harris has cited weather and climate issues before when talking of “root causes.” Recently, in a Northern Triangle roundtable in April, she spoke extensively of the list of issues she believes are root causes. […]
“When you look at the root causes, we’re also looking at issues of corruption. Again, we’re looking at the issue of climate resiliency and then the concern about a lack of economic opportunity.”
— Republican State Leadership Committee (@RSLC) May 5, 2021
The “root cause” of the surge is the election of a President who ran on limiting border security, halting deportations, and quickly changing the law to allow more people to stay.
The weather had very little to do with it. https://t.co/2B3gzefnRX
— Retired Orrin G. Hatch (@RetiredOrrin) May 5, 2021
It’s funny how climate change showed up right as there was a relaxation of border control policies https://t.co/eu7PkCG1ZI
— John Noonan (@noonanjo) May 5, 2021
The root cause of the border crisis isn't "climate change."
It's Biden's decision to dismantle immigration enforcement. https://t.co/tpphetP17X
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) May 4, 2021
The administration has decided that giving money to central America will hopefully alleviate the crisis. Harris has announced that over $300 million of taxpayer money will go to Central America.