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'It Is Our Fault:' El Salvador's New President Takes Blame for Dead Migrants

The horrific imagery of a migrant man and his nearly 2-year-old daughter lying face down on the banks of the Rio Grande river after drowning was difficult for anyone to see.

Some Democrats exploited the tragedy in an effort to use it against President Donald Trump and his administration, somehow framing the incident as if it were a direct result of Trump’s immigration policy.

But Nayib Bukele, the recently elected president of El Salvador where the drowned migrants fled from, made headlines when he told BBC in a Monday interview that it’s his country’s fault that the man and his young child died in the river.

“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,” Bukele said.

While he explained the reasons why his country was to blame for the tragedy, in no way, shape or form did he try to spin the truth. He admitted that El Salvador has problems that need to be addressed — problems that must be so intense that they force regular people to involuntarily flee their homes.

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“People don’t flee their homes because they want to, people flee their homes because they feel they have to,” Bukele told BBC.

You can watch Bukele eye-opening statement in the video below.

 

Do you think the two migrants' deaths are El Salvador's fault?

“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.”

If I lived in El Salvador, or any country for that matter, and I couldn’t provide basic necessities like food and water — let alone deal with the constant threat of violence — I’d grab my family and hightail it toward Mexico or the United States.

And that’s a concept that Democrats, especially those like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, refuse to grasp.

They’re trying so hard to blame Trump and various agencies who work at the border when in reality the blame should be on the poor conditions created by countries like El Salvador and Guatemala that force these people here in the first place.

We have a sitting president of one of the ravaged Central American countries admitting his country is so bad that people have no choice but to go somewhere else, yet the radical Democrats continue their anti-Trump shenanigans.

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According to Fox News, Bukele condemned the treatment of migrants in Mexico and the United States, but once again he admitted that if his country was in better shape and able to provide basic safety, shelter and resources, perhaps his people wouldn’t have to run for their lives.

“I think migration is a right, but it should be an option, not an obligation,” Bukele said. “And right now it’s an obligation for a lot of people.”

Though admitting guilt is a step in the right direction, the type of problems Bukele points out can’t be fixed overnight. It could even be a situation that requires generational change.

It’s unfortunately and likely inevitable that more people are going to die trying to flee to the United States, especially the ones who aren’t in any way prepared to make such a long and treacherous journey.

If Democrats really cared, they would begin to have meaningful and constructive conversations with leaders like Bukele, who are obviously willing to work toward what should be the common goal of getting these people safe and stable in their home countries.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Democrats could put their anti-Trump politics aside for a day and use that day to do what they were elected to do: come up with reasonable solutions.

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Ryan Ledendecker is a freelance journalist and writer. He began reporting news and writing commentary during the 2014 Ferguson riots. Prior to that, he worked as a web editor and columnist for an award-winning local newspaper.
Ryan Ledendecker plunged headfirst into news reporting and political commentary while on the ground during the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. He later wrote extensively on Donald Trump's presidential campaign and election.

When he's not writing, Ryan spends time improving his barbecue skills. He has his own brand of BBQ rub and is a trophy winner in the world of competitive BBQ.
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