President Biden has mandated that a study be conducted looking into how climate change is affecting migration and the plight of millions of potential refugees and their resettlement.
The directive was included in Biden’s Feb. 4 executive order on “Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs to Resettle Refugees and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on Migration.” It is a lengthy and convoluted read.
The collective power behind the proposed study is sobering. The national security adviser and the secretaries of State, Defense, and Homeland Security will all have a part to play in the study. They will be assisted as well by the director of national intelligence and USAID in the endeavor. The study will reportedly focus on “climate change and its impact on migration, including forced migration, internal displacement, and planned relocation.”
The commissioned report will also cover a “discussion of the international security implications of climate-related migration” and “options for protection and resettlement of individuals displaced directly or indirectly from climate change.” It is due in 173 days.
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This is part of President Biden’s push to allow more refugees into the U.S. Biden is seeking to increase former President Trump’s cap of 15,000 refugees a year to $125,000 per year.
Biden’s team is attempting to put protocols in place that will identify climate refugees and how the U.S. can work with international agencies to facilitate their migration and relocation.
For years, those on the left have been calling for aid and resources to be applied to “climate migrants.” It is not entirely clear what defines an individual as such or what requirements they would have to satisfy to fit that definition. Bernie Sanders has been a huge proponent of taking in climate migrants. He even included it in his Democratic presidential platform.
Changing the definition of what a refugee is will definitely be met with resistance from Republicans. But since they no longer are in control of any branch of government, Biden and the Democrats may be able to push this through.
Over two dozen Republicans expressed alarm over Biden’s vetting of refugees and what this report will entail.
“We are extremely concerned with the Biden Administration’s plans to weaken screening and vetting for foreign nationals coming to the United States, including refugee applicants in the [U.S. Refugee Admissions Program] and other humanitarian-based U.S. immigration programs,” the letter states.
“These plans, as seen in a number of recent Executive Orders, will lead to the permanent resettlement in American communities of more refugees and other humanitarian-based immigrants — as promised by the Biden-Harris campaign — at the expense of our national security and public safety.”
“We remind you that so-called ‘climate refugees’ are not included in the definition of ‘refugee’ at Section 101(a)(42) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, a definition which is consistent with U.S. obligations under relevant international instruments.”
“The Biden administration must not seek to expand this definition through administrative action, nor should it participate in the attempts by certain activist groups to expand the traditional and legal understanding of ‘refugee,’” the letter goes on to warn.
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