Biden's new border policy endangers climate migrants in severe heat

Amid extreme heat in the southwest, President Biden's recent border policy endangers asylum seekers fleeing climate disasters.

Ayurella Horn-Muller reports for Grist.

In short:

  • Biden's order closes the southern border to most asylum seekers when daily crossings exceed 2,500, risking heat-related illnesses and deaths.
  • The policy forces migrants to wait in extreme conditions, with limited exceptions for entry.
  • Critics argue the directive undermines climate-driven migration relief and is politically motivated.

Key quote:

“This executive order being issued at this time is an additional cruelty that will force more people into dangerous conditions where they’re exposed to a really severe climate impact.”

— Ahmed Gaya, director of the Climate Justice Collaborative at the National Partnership for New Americans

Why this matters:

Biden's policy could worsen health risks for migrants as climate change increases global temperatures. It contradicts previous promises to prioritize climate-related migration, raising concerns about the administration's commitment to climate justice.

About the author(s):

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