On Monday, President-elect Joe Biden announced a slate of national security and foreign policy officials, including former Secretary of State John Kerry for the newly created role of “special presidential envoy for climate.” This new position will be part of the National Security Council, Biden’s transition team says, and it will not require Senate confirmation.
Kerry served as the nation’s chief diplomat during part of President Barack Obama’s second term in the White House after having been a decades-long U.S. senator from Massachusetts and the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 2004. Under Kerry’s tenure as secretary of state, the United States joined the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. The U.S. has since withdrawn from the accord under President Donald Trump’s administration.
The creation of this new post is a sign that Biden plans to make climate change a significant focus of his administration.
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Major border town on ‘brink of collapse’ as migrants ruin agriculture, overrun hospitals and resources
“It will only get worse with Biden’s policies” is the message from a border town that is on the “brink of collapse.” Yuma, Arizona is suffocating under a surge of hundreds of thousands of migrants overloading the area’s resources.
Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines told Fox News that “policies need to be changed when you see an unprecedented amount of people coming across the border that even supersedes what we saw under any of the other presidents for the past 30 years.”
“And they’re coming because they said that Biden told them to come, that we have an open border” Lines continued, as overcrowded and overloaded food banks, hospitals and shelters threaten food security.
Customs and Border Patrol sources told Fox News on Sunday 1.2 million illegal migrants have escaped Border Patrol since Biden took office.
“The problem that we’re foreseeing right now is there’s a couple of big waves coming,” a Yuma resident and fifth-generation farmer, Hank Auza, told Fox News. “Yuma can’t support that. It will overwhelm the system here.”
In December, another border town El Paso, Texas, declared a state of emergency as thousands of migrants camped in the streets during below-freezing temperatures. “Many migrant shelters were over capacity, leading the city to use the local airport for temporary refuge” reports Fox News.
A crucial aspect of the crisis that many do not consider and the mainstream media does not cover is the damage done to agriculture. “Our fields are monitored and audited and tested for different pathogens,” Yuma farmer Alex Muller told Fox News. “You can’t have people walking through the field.”
A fifth-generation farmer and resident Hank Auza said Yuma’s fields, which produce 93% of the nation’s leafy greens in the winter months, have faced a fair amount of migrant traffic, risking damage to their crops due to foodborne illness concerns. He also said many residents can’t get into the city’s only hospital.
“People have had a hard time getting into the hospital because the hospital has been so full of” illegal immigrants, Auza told Fox News.
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