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Climate Change Is Not Driving the Central American Migrant Crisis

April 28, 2021

Media reports are linking climate change to the illegal immigration crisis at the U.S. southern border. In reality, the surge in illegal immigration is due to policy changes from Biden to Trump, not climate change.

The climate did not change between the Biden and Trump presidencies, yet the mainstream media is increasingly blaming climate change for the illegal immigration border crisis. Contrary to reports, there has been no increase in hurricanes, droughts or crop failures in Central America. Thus, there is no link between extreme weather events and recent immigration. It is the Biden administration's more welcoming policy towards illegal immigrants that is behind the surge in crossings at the southern border.

H. Sterling Burnett joins Merrill Matthews from the Institute for Policy Innovation to discuss the trend.

Author
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org
Author
Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation, a research-based, public policy think tank.
mmatthews@ipi.org @MerrillMatthews