Guest essay by Eric Worrall
According to Time Magazine, President Trump’s Climate Change Policies are helping to create the border crisis.
The Real Culprit Behind Trump’s Border Emergency? Climate Change
By JUSTIN WORLAND
2:15 PM EST
President Donald Trump is expected to convene a new panel that will likely undermine the expert consensus that climate change threatens national security.
But experts say that move is at odds with his recent declaration of a national emergency at the U.S. border, where thousands of the Central American migrants have arrived after fleeing the effects of climate change.
“Yeah, they’re economic migrants, but they’re really climate refugees,” says Robert Albro, a researcher American University who has studied the effects of climate change in Latin America. But “the politics around this is so toxic that it’s unlikely to have any kind of productive forward motion in the foreseeable future.”
“They usually don’t go after the first drought,” says Stephanie Leutert, director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin. “But when the drought comes back and they don’t have many any more savings, they have do something.”
The notion that climate change could constitute a national emergency has won over many Democrats eager for ways to implement climate policy come 2020. For that reason, many Republicans have remained skeptical of Trump’s emergency declaration. “Today’s national emergency is border security,” said Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican. “But a future president may use this exact same tactic to impose the Green New Deal.”
Indeed, future Democrats may point to the migrant crisis to justify it.
Even if the Latin American illegal immigrants pouring into the USA are climate refugees, how would building more wind turbines or solar panels help improve the situation?
People who see everything through the lens of climate change often seem so keen to grasp at tenuous policy “solutions” which promote their agenda, they’re happy to ignore real solutions which would provide far more immediate relief.
Surely a more immediate solution would be to improve border security, to stop dangerous criminals from sneaking into the country disguised as refugees, then help any countries afflicted by worsening droughts by providing food relief and improved water infrastructure.
Illegal immigration is a significant issue for US citizens and for the immigrants themselves. Seeing their plight as an opportunity to push the green agenda, while ignoring policy options which would provide immediate benefits, seems a little heartless.
Update (EW): Included the quote about droughts triggering the migrations