There are a lot of people in a tizzy, and rightfully so, over the handling of Haitian refugees at the southern border. I’m not going to go into that situation today other than to use it to illustrate how ill prepared the world is for a coming much larger migrant problem. In case you haven’t noticed sea level is rising and we collectively are doing woefully little about it.
It appears there were about 30,000 migrants and their presence overwhelmed the system. I’m not going to get into a blame game other than to say there is plenty to go around. Obviously, it occurred on the Biden administration’s watch so they share some blame. A case can be made that the Trump administration’s handling of migrants was a disaster. That argument also has much merit. The harsh reality is that America has done a lousy job of dealing with immigration for decades. If you look at our history too often our immigration laws have followed our prejudices, not reality and global, let alone American economic, need.
Just using round numbers, the population of the 14 largest coastal American cities is about 20,480,000. (Baltimore, Boston, DC, Jacksonville, Los Angles, Miami, Mobile, New York, New Orleans, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa). That is well over 680 times as many people as in the current crisis. I have lived in three major metropolitan areas and can tell you from personal experience that the metro area population is usually between two and four times that of the core city. (The above numbers were core city only.)
Keep in mind that my original example is only large coastal cities; people live in smaller towns also. The water and economic impact won’t stop a few miles from the coast. That brings cities like Houston and Orlando into play.
My original example only takes into account ocean frontage. What about lake side cities like Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago and Milwaukee?
Despite the Republican party being in denial, sea level rise will get so bad that many rivers will run in reverse. That brings places like Portland and Raleigh into play.
To say that domestically alone we will be dealing with well over 100 million climate refuges is not an exaggeration. Yet we are in no form or fashion prepared to deal with it.
Our answer to 30,000 was to send them back to where they came from. You can’t send ‘em back when back is under water.
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