January 31, 2024

Senator Schmitt, Rep. Luetkemeyer Send Letter Regarding Biden Administration’s Wasteful Use of American Tax Dollars for United Nations Climate Refugee Programs

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Eric Schmitt, along with Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-03), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) sent a letter to the United States Agency for International Development in order to ensure American tax dollars are not being wasted on climate activism disguised as foreign aid:   

“We are concerned regarding the United Nation’s International Office of Migration’s (IOM) inaugural Global Annual Appeal for 2024, which set a fundraising goal to fight migration crises for 2024 at $7.9 billion. Despite receiving billions from member countries, the United Nations is once again requesting billions in this new appeal,” reads the letter.

The letter continues, “In fact, even the United Nations itself agrees that international law doesn’t officially recognize climate refugees or asylees. Per the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, ‘The 1951 Refugee Convention allows for the granting of protections for individuals fleeing war, violence, conflict, or persecution.’ Indeed, the many global conflicts occurring provide more than enough suffering that fits within the Refugee Convention scope and IOM’s mission to provide humanitarian assistance.”   

“We the undersigned members have already introduced legislation that will block the United States Government from providing funding for the United Nations climate change agenda. As this legislation moves forward, we remain wary that this Administration will work with the United Nations to circumvent the legislation and provide covert ways to fund the United Nations’ climate agenda. Therefore, we request that this Administration commit to ensuring that no funding—in any manner—goes to the United Nations’ climate agenda,” concludes the letter.


Read the full letter attached.