President of El Salvador to Tucker: Mass Immigration 'Not Profitable' for El Salvador or US


The president of El Salvador talked with Fox News host Tucker Carlson about the root causes of why people are leaving Central American countries for the United States, which is creating a crisis at the southern border.

President Nayib Bukele, who took office in 2019, said he has tried to improve the situation in El Salvador in hopes that people will stay in the country.

El Salvador faces major issues such as poverty and high crime that cause people to take the long and risky journey to the United States.

“It’s obvious: Our country has failed to provide two basic things which are the two main drivers of immigration, which is the lack of economic opportunity and the lack of security,” Bukele told Carlson in a Tuesday interview.

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“Most people don’t want to leave their country. They like their culture, they like their food, they like their weather, it’s their country. They have their family members here and their friends.”

The president suggested that mass immigration is “not profitable” for either country, as it causes workers to leave El Salvador and forces the United States to spend money on border security and migrant processing.

“First, it is immoral — you need to provide for your people, right? That’s the moral issue. But you also have an economic issue. If you send your hardworking people and your talented people and the people that want to work and want to risk it just to go and work, you want to keep them here because those will be the drivers of your economy. You don’t want them there so they can send a remittance, which would be a small portion of what they would earn and produce; you want them to produce here.”

Bukele understands why people are leaving the country in droves, and he hopes that people will stay as improvements are made.

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“The best thing for both of us is to keep our people here and to provide for our people right here in our country. And that’s what people here want,” he added.

Carlson’s interview with Bukele provided the insight that was needed to truly get the full picture of what is happening at the southern border.

While many Americans know that Biden’s messaging on the campaign trail and certain policies have contributed to the border crisis, they might not be aware of the root cause of why people are arriving.

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One cannot help but feel empathy for the people coming here, as it indicates that taking the risk to come to the United States may be better than actually staying in their home country.

Critics of Bukele have suggested that he has authoritarian tendencies, but people should remain optimistic that he will lead the country in a fair way that will improve the lives of its citizens.

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Cameron Arcand is a former writer for The Western Journal.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2017 as a school project, he founded, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News and Fox 5 DC. He has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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