Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) says he would accept at least 50,000 “climate migrants” during his first year in office.
In a post on his campaign website title, “A Welcoming and Safe America for All,” Sanders outlined his immigration reform plan, which includes welcoming thousands of migrants displaced because of climate change.
Sanders said in a tweet that his plan will “reject Trump’s hate and live up to our ideals as a nation that welcomes.”
My father came to America as a refugee without a nickel in his pocket, to escape widespread anti-Semitism and find a better life.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 7, 2019
Today I released my plan to reject Trump’s hate and live up to our ideals as a nation that welcomes immigrants and refugees. https://t.co/By3J7Kqo6t
The post says, “By 2050, an estimated 200 million people will be displaced by climate change.”
“In addition to reversing Trump’s cruel and un-American refugee and immigration policies, Bernie will lead the world in addressing the most critical issue of our time: climate change. We are already seeing the effects of climate change and how it will continue to drive people from where they live. By 2050, an estimated 200 million people will be displaced by climate change. Bernie will lead the international community in combating this crisis, and America will do its part to welcome those who are forced from their homes by climate change.”
Sanders also says that his policy will create a new program “to welcome migrants displaced by climate change, and set a floor of accepting at least 50,000 climate migrants in his first year in office.”
The Vermont senator has made combatting climate change a key part of his agenda in his 2016 and 2020 campaigns. In August, he released a $16.3 trillion dollar plan to fight climate change.
He has also voiced concern about the number of immigrants coming across the southern border, calling it a “serious problem” in June 2019.
He said immigration is an issue that needs to be tackled but “the issue of climate change, the issue of tens of millions of Americans not having health insurance, the fact that half of our people are living paycheck to paycheck, those are more serious crises.”