Bernie Sanders: ‘We Have to Welcome People All Over the World’ Fleeing Climate Change

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Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | September 20, 2019 | 10:44 AM EDT

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“God knows how many millions and millions and millions of people are going to be dispossessed” by climate change, and the U.S. needs to welcome them, presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Thursday.

In an interview with MSNBC, Sanders said he would support the U.S. government creating a new refugee category specifically for people from “all over the world” wanting to come to America to flee climate change.

But, there are already so many climate refugees in these countries today that the U.S. should actually try to help at least some of them “stay there,” Sen. Sanders admitted:

"Yeah, I think that [a climate refugee category] is absolutely something that we have to look at and I think I would be positively disposed to that, but it has to exist all over the world. What she raised - I mean, it's not just people in Latin America who would gravitate to the United States.

“It is people all over the world, and you know, it means that we have to deal with the crises in these countries right now so that people can possibly stay there and we have to welcome people all over the world.

“I mean, we're talking about God knows how many millions and millions and millions of people who are going to be dispossessed as a result of climate change, so huge issue."


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