AOC Blames Immigration on Right-Wing Plot to Hide Climate Change

“Climate change.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Wednesday accused right-wingers of concealing the real cause of immigration.

According to the freshman Democrat, the “far-right loves to loves to drum up fear & resistance to immigrants,” but “they never talk about what‘s causing people to flee their homes in the first place.” The secret “factor fueling global migration,” she declared, is climate change.

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Ocasio-Cortez linked to a tweet by Canadian climate change activists that made a similar point.

Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old bartender turned progressive icon, has made global warming a signature feature of her socialist-style political agenda. But when it comes to immigration, she has focused more on problems than solutions – criticizing President Donald Trump’s hardline policy responses, which have been snarled by political and legal obstacles, and calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Meanwhile, the number of immigrants illegally entering the United States has surged in recent months. Experts have attributed the trend not to climate change – which may or may not be having a significant impact on global migration – bur rather to worsening violence and poverty in parts of Central America and South America, which has driven whole families to make the journey northward.

El Salvador has one of the highest murder rates in the world, due in part, to gangs like MS-13, which was started by Salvadoran immigrants in the United States and spread back to El Salvador and other countries. In Honduras, nearly two-thirds of the population, some 5.5 million people, live in poverty, with per an average per capita income of $120 a month, according to the World Bank.

Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet is not the first time she has overstepped in her efforts to tackle climate change or immigration. In January, she warned in an interview that “the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.” During a House Oversight Committee hearing Tuesday, she said the U.S. would have “blood on our hands” if it did not immediately take action to combat the phenomenon.

Leading scientists agree that climate change fueled by human industry threatens to cause irreversible and costly damage to the environment in coming decades. But the data does not predict a coming apocalypse, and 85 percent of the offending greenhouse gas emissions are generated by the United States.

Ocasio-Cortez has also spearheaded the Green New Deal, a sweeping and costly bid to restructure the U.S. economy in the name of environmentalism. However, when the Senate voted on the proposal last month, it failed to win a single “yes” votes despite the eager rhetorical backing of several Democratic presidential candidates.

When it comes to immigration, Ocasio-Cortez has also repeatedly gotten her facts wrong, including when she recently accused Trump of a “deliberate policy” to “cage children at the border and inject them with drugs.”

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