According to New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the current state of the global climate is the reason the U.S. has been dealing with a growing wave of immigrants over the past few years.
She also referred to her Green New Deal in her comments, implying that the whole world would be responsible for the deaths of immigrants if climate-friendly legislation is not passed in the future.
This is not the first time Ocasio-Cortez has tried to draw attention to her Green New Deal, although it is the first occasion where she has drawn a direct connection between immigration and climate change.
The politician has been working hard on both fronts since arriving in Washington as a lawmaker but had not attempted to connect them in such a manner.
She tweeted: "The far-right loves to drum up fear & resistance to immigrants. But have you ever noticed they never talk about what‘s causing people to flee their homes in the first place? Perhaps that’s bc they’d be forced to confront 1 major factor fueling global migration: Climate change."
She continued with: "I think what we have laid out here is a very clear moral problem. If we fail to act or if we delay in acting, we will have blood on our hands."
Ocasio-Cortez added that this was a moral problem above all else, and her statements held a strong implication that everyone should be responsible for evaluating how they are acting and what kinds of changes they are bringing to the world.
Meanwhile, the liberal politician has continued to face criticism for her Green New Deal from multiple sides.
Republicans have been the biggest opponents of the deal, claiming that it would be prohibitively expensive.
It did not take long for Ocasio-Cortez to fire back at those criticizing her, claiming that people should take the time to actually read the proposal and then make their conclusions.
The heated debate has been going for a while, and it does not look like it is going to slow down anytime soon, and many have pointed out that it is a meaningful discussion to have.
Do you think it is wrong or right on AOC's part to link immigration to climate change?