Harris Claims ‘Lack of Climate Resilience’ among ‘Root Causes’ of Migration to U.S.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the virtual Washington Conference on the Americas in Washington, May 4, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Vice President Kamala Harris described a “lack of climate resilience” as one of the “root causes” of migration from Central America to the U.S., in a speech to the Washington Conference on the Americas on Tuesday.

“We are focused on addressing both the acute factors and the root causes of migration,” Harris said. Harris noted the “acute factors” as hurricanes, the coronavirus pandemic, ongoing drought and “food insecurity” in Central America.

“And then there are the longstanding issues: the root causes” Harris said. “And I’m thinking of corruption, violence, and poverty; the lack of economic opportunity; the lack of climate adaptation and resilience; the lack of good governance.”

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