President Joe Biden’s team and Democrats in Congress are stepping up their campaign against popular Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, who worked with the Trump administration to limit migration to the United States from El Salvador.
The U.S. left, which includes both Democratic lawmakers, the Biden administration itself, and its main allies: the United States media, seek to impose the idea that Bukele is an authoritarian president. Bukele’s New Ideas party’s supermajority in the Salvadoran legislature succeeded in removing the five justices of the Supreme Court’s constitutional chamber and the attorney general, who faced serious corruption allegations.
The majority of Salvadoran citizens, including migrants living in the United States, have come out to support President Bukele’s party’s decision to replace the justices and the attorney general while denouncing President Biden’s meddling in Central America and specifically against the Salvadoran government, reported Breitbart.
Bukele’s public comments regarding immigration, particularly his decision to work with former U.S. President Trump to redirect Salvadoran migration, have provoked outrage from Democrats and advocates of globalism and flexible immigration policies in the United States.
In mid-March, Bukele told Fox News the exponential increase in migrant levels at the southern border is terrible for the United States and even worse for Latin America. He argued that it extracts people vital to building the stable economic conditions that would keep them in their country of origin.
Speaking with Tucker Carlson, Bukele attributed the increase in the U.S.–Mexico border to three reasons: the lack of economic opportunity, the absence of security in Latin America, and the incentives provided in the United States since the arrival of President Biden.
Bukele made no secret that the critical economic situation in El Salvador and other Central American countries is the basis for millions of citizens seeking to migrate to the United States in search of a prosperous future. But he also warned that the sector of the population that generally chooses to leave is precisely the age range needed to form the greatness of any country. In part, the remedy for many ends up becoming the cause of the disease.
“Instead of exporting products or services, we are exporting people,” Bukele said. “For a country, it is not profitable to take people out. Besides, it’s immoral. I mean, you need to keep your people in place.”
These comments, coupled with his closeness to President Trump, did not go down well among leftist circles who now take advantage of any situation to brand the Salvadoran president as an extremist, dictator, and authoritarian.
So much so that Biden’s U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced last Friday that it was redirecting assistance for government institutions in the small Central American country of more than 6.5 million people to civil society groups with close ties to the opposition.
Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress have threatened to take further action against the Bukele administration, affecting international relations between the two countries. A good relationship is vital to unlocking emergency and border security situations in the current crisis.
Some signals from the recent attacks against Bukele by Biden’s team and the Democrats could be motivating the president of the small Central American country to move closer to the U.S. rival, the Chinese Communist Paty.