Target: U.S. Senate
Goal: Support an amendment that will allow individuals displaced by climate change to obtain legal status
An amendment has been introduced that would allow people who have been displaced because of weather-related incidents to receive legal status as a stateless individuals. This will provide legal protections to those who have become homeless because of climate change.
There already exist many provisions allowing individuals to apply for legal status as a “stateless person,” but Brian Schatz, a Democrat Senator from Hawaii is hoping to add climate change to the docket. His proposed amendment would allow individuals who have lost their homes or whose native countries have become uninhabitable because of a weather-related incident to apply for temporary legal status in the United States under the title of “stateless person.” The amendment would also initiate a study of the ways in which climate change has affected migration within the United States, and how that might affect the environmental conditions of the United States. Schatz specifically refers to climate change in his amendment, indicating that extreme weather phenomena such as hurricanes or tsunamis that have been devastating are the result of climate change. Schatz also refers to the issue of the rising sea level, which has been detrimental to the homes on smaller islands.
According to a report published by The Guardian, over 32 million people were forced to leave their homes due to environmental disasters. With other types of dangers already being considered to allow individuals receive legal status — including war and other perilous circumstances — Schatz wants environmental disasters to be recognized as a legitimate reason to become “stateless”, and to allow these individuals to apply for legal status in the United States.
By signing the petition below you will be supporting Senator Schatz’s amendment that would provide legal status to “stateless” individuals who are unable to return to their homes because of environmental disasters brought about by climate change. With a large number of individuals losing their home to climate change each year, this bill would be very important in supporting those who have lost everything.
Dear U.S. Senate,
Senator Brian Schatz’s amendment to allow legal status to those who have lost their home due to climate change must be added to the immigration bill and passed. This amendment will provide protection and support to many individuals who have been displaced due to environmental disasters and climate change.
I am writing you to ask you to vote in favor of this amendment. With more than 32 million people losing their homes to environmental disasters in the last year, climate change is proving to be very detrimental. Individuals who lose their homes because of climate-related issues should be provided asylum, just as the United States provides for many other individuals in difficult and unavoidable situations. Vote to support this amendment and show that the United States is in solidarity with those who lose their homes to environmental disasters.
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