How El Salvador’s New President Plans To Benefit The United States With Reduced Migration
Nayib Bukele, a 37-year-old political outsider swore in as President of El Salvador on June 1 with a campaign promising “New Ideas.”
“The United States stands ready to work with Nayib Bukele to advance prosperity and the hemisphere,” said President Trump in a tweet on Sunday. “Congratulations President Bukele on your inauguration!”
Bukele promised his supporters to fix the problem of economic hardships, gang violence and rebuild the relationship with the U.S. in his five-year-term.
Trump has threatened Mexico that the U.S. will impose tariffs on Mexico, because of migrants fleeing Central America from countries like El Salvador.
“Mexico has taken advantage of the United States for decades,” said Trump in a tweet. “In order not to pay tariffs, if they start rising, companies will leave Mexico, which has taken 30 percent of our auto industry, and come back to the USA.”
“The tariff is about stopping drugs as well as illegals,” continued Trump.
The good news for Trump is that Bukele wants to keep more Salvadorans in El Salvador.
“El Salvador has a third of its population living outside its borders, so we have six million inside and three million outside, 80 percent of them in the United States and that’s not something to be proud of,” said Bukele at the Washington Conference of the Americas, last month.
“The fact that we have a third of the population living outside is something we should be ashamed of because people don’t leave their families and their countries to cross three frontiers and a desert.”
The civil war in El Salvador causes many to flee to the U.S., where approximately 1.5 million Salvadorans now live and work in the U.S.
“We have to end that, not migration, migration is great but we have to end what is called ‘forced emigration’–its the migration you do when you have no options,” said Bukele. “One job created here will have five less people at the border.”
The former president of San Salvador Bukele brought down the murder rate in one of the deadliest cities in the world, due to MS-13 and gang violence that casted a shadow over the city.
“When I was mayor of San Salvador, we just did a plan in the historic downtown district and we turned the most dangerous area in the country into the most touristic in the country,” said Bukele.
Bukele has focused on more youth groups in the community in order to stop gangs from recruiting young boys.
“They are recruiting 13-year-olds,” said Bukele. ”Those kids will go the right way with a scholarship, with education, with sports.”
With fewer kids joining MS-13, it could hurt the gangs’ growth and influence in the U.S., but time will tell if Bukele strategies towards the gang will have a successful outcome.
“These aren’t people, these are animals,” said Trump, referring to MS-13.
Trump has been a very vocal critic of the Salvadoran gang and often referenced them as a reason to build the wall.
“This is a crisis, you have human trafficking, you have drugs, you have criminals coming in, you have gangs, MS-13,” said Trump.
Bukele’s goals on stopping ‘forced emigration’ and keeping more Salvadorans in their home country and his strategies on taking down MS-13 come to be a benefit for the United States in the future.