“It is our fault” – El Salvador President takes the blame for the deaths of migrants trying to reach America

In a revealing statement by the new president of El Salvador, he took the blame for the deaths of migrants as well as migrants leaving his country who are trying to get into America:

NATIONAL POST – The new president of El Salvador said that his country was to blame for driving tens of thousands of its citizens to emigrate every year, including a father and daughter who became a focal point in the migration debate when they drowned while trying to cross into the United States last week.

“People don’t flee their homes because they want to,” President Nayib Bukele said Sunday at a news conference in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. “They flee their homes because they feel they have to.”

“They fled our country, they fled El Salvador,” he continued. “It is our fault.”

Bukele’s statements came in response to questions from reporters about the deaths of the father and daughter, and about what he intended to do to address the economic and security concerns that have pushed so many Salvadorans to leave the country and try to reach the United States.

His comments were remarkable in a region where political leaders have been loath to assume any responsibility for the social and political dynamics that drive migration and have generally paid lip service to the idea that conditions must improve at home to encourage people to stay.

It would be so easy to blame America or Trump for the death of two of his citizens. After all that is the trend these days. But instead, President Bukele gives an honest statement that reflects the reality of the situation and, I believe, that shows just what kind of leader he will be.



Bukele continues:

In his comments Sunday, Bukele, who took office a month ago, acknowledged the two main forces driving so many of his citizens to take their chances on a perilous migration north in search of a better life: insecurity and economic duress.

“They feel safer crossing a desert, three frontiers, and all of the things that may happen in the road to the United States because they feel that’s more secure than living here,” he said. “So we want to make our country safer.”

He also vowed to address the poverty and lack of employment opportunities that so many migrants cite as their reason for fleeing.

“We will make a country that is more prosperous and that can provide decent paying jobs for all of our people,” he said. “If people have an opportunity for a decent job, a decent education, a decent health care system and security, I know that forceful migration will be reduced to zero.”

I have an idea for a mantra: MESGA. Well, I guess it really doesn’t roll off the tongue…

But seriously, Bukele is the kind of leader who can inspire hope in his people, especially if he’s able to follow through in making El Salvador a more prosperous nation. And that could have a real impact on the migration crisis.

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52 thoughts on ““It is our fault” – El Salvador President takes the blame for the deaths of migrants trying to reach America

  1. So, is El Salvador going to send a collection team to round up their worthless dregs from the U.S. and other countries, and truck them home before they cause any more trouble?

  2. How refreshing. Now he has to stop them after blaming his country for it. YAY! Another point in the win column.

  3. How refreshing. Now he has to stop them after blaming his country for it. YAY! Another point in the win column.

  4. I’m sure that this comes straight from his heart and has nothing at all to do with Tromp cutting off aid.

  5. Let me see here…… a man that can’t swim by choice jumps in the river with a baby clinging to them and it’s who’s fault that they drowned…?

    A: The United States
    B: President Trump
    C: El Salvador
    D: President Nayib Bukele
    E: The person that can’t swim with a baby clinging him that jumped into the river.

  6. Yea, but will El Salvador give them the free candy that the American Democrats promise them?

  7. El Salvador is now running travel ads bragging about their excellent surf locations. Do them a favor, vacation in El Salvador.

    Plenty of US ex-pats who retire in all these central American countries – they are not all just drug lord whack factories. Relatives of the dead father and child admitted they were not “fleeing terror”.

    They came of the easy money the Democrats (teachers unions) keep handing out.

    1. @factotum Yeah, the guy wasn’t making enough at the pizza joint, so he came here.

  8. It is the US teachers unions who encourage open borders, just to keep their failing K-12 classrooms filled and teacher union dues flowing into Democrat campaign coffers.

    Ads are being run in these countries, encouraging them to come – telling them it is easy to get across. Who is behind this – who has the most to gain by the sheer numbers of “families? The US K-12 teachers unions.

  9. Eh, good for him. This is a nice thing. Now I hope he stops the flow of illegals leaving from his country and coming here. That would be a bigger (and better) gesture.

  10. So, is El Salvador going to send a collection team to round up their worthless dregs from the U.S. and other countries, and truck them home before they cause any more trouble?

  11. At first glance the guy looks like he’s straight out of the mob..Anyway, he’s hoping for some cash to help his regime…

  12. Still waiting for someone to find the creep that apparently filmed the whole horrific and sad event. He filmed while they were alive and did nothing. Cut the piece intended to blame Trump and neglected to show what he filmed…

      1. We listen to Lars
        Larson here on the west coast and he apparently got a call from a Law enforcement official who said the guy filmed it all and sold the “juicy” parts to the media…Think about it…someone took that picture…..

  13. One person can make a difference, especially if that person is the leader. However, El Salvador didn’t get the way it was because of one bad egg, but a culture and a corrupt political leadership. I hope Buekele is the real deal, AND I hope he can fend off the evil enemies who will most definitely try to destroy him, and make positive changes for El Salvador.

  14. That’s wonderful………..IF he’s serious and I hope he is. May God bless his efforts.

  15. I’m sure that this comes straight from his heart and has nothing at all to do with Tromp cutting off aid.

  16. Let me see here…… a man that can’t swim by choice jumps in the river with a baby clinging to them and it’s who’s fault that they drowned…?

    A: The United States
    B: President Trump
    C: El Salvador
    D: President Nayib Bukele
    E: The person that can’t swim with a baby clinging him that jumped into the river.

  17. El Salvador is now running travel ads bragging about their excellent surf locations. Do them a favor, vacation in El Salvador.

    Plenty of US ex-pats who retire in all these central American countries – they are not all just drug lord whack factories. Relatives of the dead father and child admitted they were not “fleeing terror”.

    They came of the easy money the Democrats (teachers unions) keep handing out.

    1. @factotum Yeah, the guy wasn’t making enough at the pizza joint, so he came here.

  18. It is the US teachers unions who encourage open borders, just to keep their failing K-12 classrooms filled and teacher union dues flowing into Democrat campaign coffers.

    Ads are being run in these countries, encouraging them to come – telling them it is easy to get across. Who is behind this – who has the most to gain by the sheer numbers of “families? The US K-12 teachers unions.

  19. Eh, good for him. This is a nice thing. Now I hope he stops the flow of illegals leaving from his country and coming here. That would be a bigger (and better) gesture.

  20. At first glance the guy looks like he’s straight out of the mob..Anyway, he’s hoping for some cash to help his regime…

  21. Still waiting for someone to find the creep that apparently filmed the whole horrific and sad event. He filmed while they were alive and did nothing. Cut the piece intended to blame Trump and neglected to show what he filmed…

      1. We listen to Lars
        Larson here on the west coast and he apparently got a call from a Law enforcement official who said the guy filmed it all and sold the “juicy” parts to the media…Think about it…someone took that picture…..

  22. One person can make a difference, especially if that person is the leader. However, El Salvador didn’t get the way it was because of one bad egg, but a culture and a corrupt political leadership. I hope Buekele is the real deal, AND I hope he can fend off the evil enemies who will most definitely try to destroy him, and make positive changes for El Salvador.

  23. That’s wonderful………..IF he’s serious and I hope he is. May God bless his efforts.

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