AOC: Climate Change Is a 'Major Factor' Driving the Migrant Crisis

Posted: Apr 10, 2019 8:30 AM
AOC: Climate Change Is a 'Major Factor' Driving the Migrant Crisis

Source: AP Photo/Kevin Hagen

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed Tuesday that climate change is a “major factor” driving the migrant crisis.

“The far-right loves to drum up fear & resistance to immigrants,” the Democratic Socialist tweeted. “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.”

AOC’s message was in response to a tweet from The Leap, which included a video and the message: “Did you ever notice that the same leaders denying climate change are the ones drumming up fear and hatred against migrants? Check out our new video on why the climate movement must fight for migrant justice to win the world we want.”

Most migrants, however, are actually fleeing extreme poverty and violence in their homelands.

El Salvador has one of the highest murder rates in the world, due in part, to gangs like MS-13, which was started by Salvadoran immigrants in the U.S. and spread to El Salvador and other countries.

In Honduras, nearly two-thirds of the population, or almost 5.5 million people, live in poverty, according to the World Bank. Per capita income averages just $120 per month. (Fox News)

Ocasio-Cortez, who championed the Green New Deal, later accused Republicans and others of lying about what's in the resolution. 

"The GOP, corp lobbyists, & Fox expose their dishonesty every time they claim the #GND “bans cows,” steals people’s farms, takes your grandma’s lunch money &costs $100 zillion. Maybe if they actually did their job & read HRes109, they could avoid embarrassing themselves so often."

She was quickly reminded that the resolution was brought up for a vote and not only failed to pass, but didn't get a single senator's support. Fifty-seven senators voted against the measure and 43 Democrats voted present.