U.S. media outlet Breitbart News reported over the weekend that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that climate change has led to a surge in migrant children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Southwest border has detained more than 100,000 illegal immigrants in February this year, three times the number of enforcement last February. As many as 19,246 families crossed the border illegally this February, while the number of unaccompanied children was as high as 9,457, a significant increase from previous months, overwhelming the facilities used to house illegal immigrants at the border. The number of unaccompanied children in border detention centers since March has reached a “record number. According to U.S. media, these children are facing hunger, overcrowding and fear, and their survival is alarming.
But what Pelosi said in the interview was very different from the official figures, saying, “There are about 600, 700 children, unaccompanied children crossing the border. This is a humanitarian challenge to all of us. “
U.S. public opinion has begun to refer to the current influx of illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border as a “crisis,” and the Biden administration has called it a “huge challenge. Pelosi took the Time to blame climate change for this huge challenge in the interview, saying, “I recently went to the northern triangle, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and saw the effects of climate change. People are leaving their homelands because they can’t farm because of the drought and looking for other ways to survive, and of course there are many other reasons, but right now, we have to deal with refugees at the border, some of whom are coming to seek asylum. “
Since taking office, Biden has suspended the travel ban issued by former President Trump against terrorist-prone countries, suspended construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall and issued a new immigration package that has renewed signals of leniency, including a path to legalized citizenship for the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants already in the United States. This has encouraged a steady flow of illegal immigrants to the U.S.-Mexico border, leading to over capacity at border detention centers and a continued spike in the number of unaccompanied children.
Yet Pelosi defended Biden’s immigration policy, saying, “The U.S. refugee resettlement program is the crown jewel of American humanitarianism. We have to meet certain responsibilities, we have to have a system that accommodates that, and that’s exactly what the Biden Administration is doing.”
Netizens in the United States argued, “The real humanitarian crisis here is that America is under the control of retarded, deceitful Democrats.”
One netizen said, “The climate now is basically the same as it was in 1983.”
Another user wrote, “Remember the days of Trump’s efforts to keep illegal immigrants out? The news campaign back then was that caravans were coming in every day! Thousands of caravans were coming in! Then Trump restrained the situation and the main media said Trump was a racist.”
One user commented, “If you look at 100% Democrat-controlled cities across America, you’ll see they’re all broke and full of crime and poverty. America is headed in the same direction when you hire the same team to run America.”