The root causes of the current immigration crisis are often overlooked. Migrants from the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador are fleeing violence and corruption, but climate change is also playing a role. Climate change has contributed to drought in the region since 2014, leading to food and economic insecurity. A recent United Nations report underscored this point: Climate change is already lowering agricultural yields and will continue to cause instability worldwide.
Rather than getting stuck in the same rhetorical games, our country needs to address the root causes of migration, including climate change. By reducing carbon emissions and directing aid to support climate change adaptation and economic development in the Northern Triangle, the U.S. can take a proactive approach to immigration.
Anders Hart, Millcreek