Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not having a good week. She went down to the border and caused a firestorm with some of her comments.
Some have come forward to rebut her claims while others have said she was accurate. The sad truth is we are doing everything we can to deal with the border but we are facing an unprecedented crisis.
We don’t have the facilities or manpower to handle the crush of migrants, and more are heading our way.
So it took extreme courage for the President of El Salvador to come clean and explain to AOC and the rest of the Democrats who is really at fault for the tragedy at our border.
From Fox News: The new president of El Salvador on Monday took responsibility for the June deaths of a father and daughter who drowned crossing the Rio Grande in a bid to reach the United States, saying the onus is on his government to make the country a safer place — and one where migration is “an option, not an obligation.”
A photograph from the Mexican side of the river showing the body of Oscar Martinez and his daughter, Valeria, lying face down with Valeria’s arms still wrapped around her father’s neck shocked the world late last month amid an already heated debate about illegal immigration in the US.
President Nayib Bukele, who took office a month ago with the promise of making El Salvador a safer and better place, told the BBC in an interview published Monday his country is to blame for the deaths. He said his government is responsible for fixing the problems that have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee in the first place.
“People don’t flee their homes because they want to, people flee their homes because they feel they have to,” Bukele told the BBC. “Why? Because they don’t have a job, because they are being threatened by gangs, because they don’t have basic things like water, education, health.”
He continued: “We can blame any other country but what about our blame? What country did they flee? Did they flee the United States? They fled El Salvador, they fled our country. It is our fault.”
From The Daily Wire: “We can send all the blame to any government we like,” he said, speaking in English in what The New York Times suggests may have been intended as a direct message to Trump. “We can say President Trump’s policies are wrong. We can say Mexico’s policies are wrong. But what about our blame?”
“What country did they flee? Did they flee the United States?” Bukele asked. “They fled El Salvador, they fled our country. It is our fault.”
The Times notes that Bukele, 37, who won election in February, campaigned in part on “curb[ing] the outflow of Salvadorans, who have contributed in recent months to the surging numbers of migrants trying to enter the United States.”
The left’s argument that the tragic deaths of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his little daughter Valeria is Trump’s fault is summarized by HuffPost:
The photo has quickly been cast as an emblematic image of President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration policies to rein in migration across the southern border with Mexico. The White House has forced many asylum seekers to wait in Mexico as part of a new policy to discourage people from seeking refuge in the U.S., but critics say it’s ‘not safe’ for those who are already vulnerable. The Mexican government said earlier this month more than 15,000 people have been sent back to the country as part of Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy.
Border security advocates, however, point to the details of the tragedy as more evidence that the real problem is lax immigration policies and enforcement and the lack of a security fence on most of the border. Ramirez had applied for asylum, but as family members acknowledged to reporters, his family was not actually fleeing persecution; rather, they wanted a chance to make a better living in the U.S. for a few years before returning to their country.
“They left El Salvador on April 3 and spent two months in a migrant camp in southern Mexico, awaiting news of their asylum request to the US, before they decided to take a bus to the border on Sunday to try to speed up their case,” The Daily Mail reported. “When they arrived, the consulate was closed but they also learned they were far down a list of hundreds of migrants in line for interviews. They decided to make the crossing illegally rather than wait — a decision that led to their deaths.”