It was indeed a surprising revelation coming from the 37-year-old former mayor and current president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele.
The young tech-savvy President’s comment was in reference to the tragic deaths of Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 2-year-old daughter, Valeria, lying facedown and embracing one another on a shallow bank of the Rio Grande.
The heartbreaking photo of the two appeared on the front pages of many newspapers along with their tragic tale of a father and his young toddler daughter courageously braving the hazardous journey to reach the United States, which cost them their lives.
Their tale is as old as “humankind itself” a desperate, impoverished father looking for a better life for himself and his young daughter, and risking it all to achieve their dream.
Ramírez and his daughter traveled to Matamoros, Mexico, where they were told an international bridge was closed. Rather than wait for the bridge to reopen, Ramírez made the fateful decision to cross the extremely dangerous swift-moving waters and hazardous undercurrents of the Rio Grande River.
On June 24th their lifeless bodies were discovered intertwined on the river bank just a few miles from where they started. Photographer Julia Le Duc snapped a photo that quickly circulated the globe “freeze-framing” within one graphic image the entire immigration crisis.
The photo immediately became a political football, to be tossed around by political pundits, the mainstream media, and of course frenzied Democrats accusing the Trump Administration of causing the deaths of Alberto Martínez Ramírez along with his young daughter.
However, President Bukele’s public statement taking responsibility for the deaths of Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his young daughter, along with countless other Salvadorans attempting the dangerous journey to America, is perhaps the first time that a leader within the Northern Triangle of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, has finally spoken the truth.
The newly elected and populous President perhaps realizing that he shares many common traits with President Trump was quick to point out within his declaration of responsibility saying, “People don’t flee their homes because they want to. People flee their homes because they feel they have to.”
Adding, “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.”
The stunning acknowledgment that the Salvadoran Government is responsible for failing the people is an astonishing confession on its face.
No doubt if we think a moment, we may consider there’s also an ulterior motive to Bukele’s profound acknowledgement, in that the number of illegal immigrants since President Trump took office has nearly doubled, with Salvadoran families being a large portion crossing into the United States, in fact, the number of Salvadoran residing in the United States is an astounding 22% of the entire El Salvador population.
The exodus of entire family units has had a devastating effect on the Salvadoran economy, in that the money flow of illegal aliens in America sending U.S. currency back to their families in El Salvador has been disrupted greatly, since entire families are now crossing the border into the United States, thus drying up the illicit money flow to El Salvador.
The other issue for the new El Salvador leader is Trump’s promise to dramatically cut foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. In a recent interview with Fox News, the President outlined cutting off the money spigot saying the U.S. would begin “cutting off or substantially reducing” the “massive” foreign aid it delivered to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador because those countries cannot or will not stop the exodus.
“Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S.,” Trump said in a recent Twitter statement.
Adding “We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them,” he continued.