Sanders Claims Climate Change, Health Care Are More Pressing Issues Than Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) claimed that health care and climate change are more pressing issues than the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.

As IJR previously reported, more than 600,000 migrants have been apprehended in the current financial year, with more than 130,000 in the month of May alone. This has led to serious problems for the immigration authorities at the southern border.

Detention facilities operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have hit capacity, forcing Border Patrol agents to release migrants on their own recognizance into the country in hopes that they will return for their asylum hearing which could be years away. As IJR previously reported, 87 percent of migrants never return for their asylum hearing, instead opting to stay in the U.S. illegally.

Even the migrants that are just waiting to receive their court date prior to being released are forced into crowded conditions. As “State of the Union” host Dana Bash noted, recent reports from processing facilities described migrants standing on toilets just to try and get fresh air.

Despite what is clearly an urgent crisis, Sanders refused to call it one. He even claimed President Donald Trump was manufacturing the “fake border ‘crisis.'”

Bash noted the urgent issues at the border, but Sanders denied that the situation was a crisis. Instead, he claimed health care and climate change are more pressing issues.

Watch Sanders’ interview:

“It is a serious problem, but it is not the kind of crisis that requires demonization of desperate people who in some cases have walked a thousand miles with their children. It is an issue we have to deal with. But the issue of climate change, the issue of tens of millions of Americans not having any health insurance. The fact that half of our people are living paycheck to paycheck, those are more serious crises. So it is an issue. But you don’t demonize desperate people. We deal with it in a rational and humane way.”

Sanders is one of 23 Democrats in the 2020 presidential primary. He has been consistently polling in second place behind former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Lee Jenkins
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Was this guy ever a kid? Did he, like, get beat up everyday or something, making him want to seek revenge on everyone who had the sense of self-responsibility to make something of themselves? Wouldn’t you just love to see Trump punch him out?

Glenn Botts
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What he means is that lining the povkets of demoCROOKs and their criminal allies while murdering millions with state run deathcare and climate scams is the goal of traitors like him. Distroying the US and the west with unvetted third world trash will allow some worthless POS like him become dictator and slaughter tens of millions.

Bob Gebele
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Bob Gebele

Climate change is real….but is cyclical. Anything else is false. Sanders is a full blown socialist who wants government control over all, but he plans on being part of the ruling class. Trump will trounce him.

Gary
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I think Bernie has left the real world a long time ago. He hasn’t really been a part of what regular people see and do every day. Every word from his mouth is for political gain; not because of humanitarian or national security.

Udo
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Udo

This senile old fart is either clueless or he does not care. Pray for America if ever he elected.

Kit Guzman
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Kit Guzman

Where is his head buried?

Karen Kalavity
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Karen Kalavity

The environment and climate change are of MUCH greater concern than the propaganda-laden
Border “Crisis”.
The Border “Crisis”, by the way, has actually become a bigger concern ever since Trump took office.
I have’t’ seen him and his allies in Congress improve that particular “Crisis” while real and meaningful global problems have become worse as well.

Mark Simmons
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The Climate Change we hear about from leftists bears no resemblance to science. According to the IPCC, over the last 200 years the average global temperature has changed barely 1 degree C. During that time, it’s gone up and it’s gone down. When I was a child, we were taught in science that we were heading for a mini ice age. Later, global warming. Now over the last 20 years the average global temperature has plateaued (and NO scientist predicted this). There is no scientific consensus, much less a proven theory, on whether mankind has a small, large, or no… Read more »

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