Senator Brian Schatz’s (D-HI) filed an amendment for the immigration bill Wednesday that would allow stateless people in the U.S. to seek conditional lawful status if their nations have been made uninhabitable by climate change.
Yeah, I’m betting Schatz isn’t too concerned about them ending up in Hawaii. And lest one think this is really about immigration, Think Progress provides handy dandy highlights from Schatz
The amendment I am proposing is quite simple. If enacted, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, may designate individuals or a group of individuals displaced permanently by climate change as stateless persons.
Again, let me be clear about what this amendment does. It simply recognizes that climate change, like war, is one of the most significant contributors to homelessness in the world. And like with states torn apart and made uninhabitable by war, we have an obligation not to deport people back to a country made uninhabitable by sea level rise and other extreme environmental changes that render these states desolate. It does not grant any individual or group of individuals outside the United States with any new status or avenue for seeking asylum in the United States.
In other words, another way to push Hotcoldwetdry primarily, while also giving the head of DHS and State lots and lots of latitude to make a determination as to which illegals will be given legal status on a whim (anyone else thinking “all of them”?)
The amendment would also require a federal study as to the impacts of hotcoldwetdry on internal movement within the United States…kinda like the government tracking citizens movements, eh? As Ace points out
Drought in Mexico? Gee, we never have droughts in Mexico. But now that we have had one, say hello to your 25 million new, specially-amnestied US citizens.