• El Salvadorian President Blames His Nation for Drowning Tragedy on US Border

    It’s probably not totally true and undeniably an overused cliché that “all politicians are liars”.  That doesn’t mean it’s not often true. Maybe even true most of the time? Still, when an elected or appointed official does come clean, particularly when the admission is uncomfortable or might hurt his/her career, it’s worth noting.

    The newly elected president of El Salvador has taken responsibility for the deaths of a father and daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande while trying to reach the U.S.,

    writes National Review’s Jack Crowe,

    telling the BBC that the tragedy could have been avoided if conditions in the Central American country were not so dire.

    Wow. An honest man? An honest pol?

    Anyone who has spent any time online the past couple weeks has certainly heard about the photo of two Salvadoran nationals, Oscar Martinez and his nearly two-year-old daughter Valeria, lying drowned, face down in the Rio Grande. The image went viral last week. Open-border and immigration reform activists and political figures were, of course, quick to cite the Trump administration’s immigration policies for the tragedy.

    But wait a minute! The president of the victims’ home country apparently isn’t reading directly from the Leftist script.

    President Nayib Bukele, who was elected last month, believes that blame for the deaths rests with Salvadoran officials, who have failed to curb the violent crime and economic deprivation that is fueling record immigration to the U.S.

    “People don’t flee their homes because they want to, people flee their homes because they feel they have to,” Bukele told the BBC in an interview published Monday. … [T]hey are being threatened by gangs, because they don’t have basic things like water, education, health.”

    “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.”

    Once more: Wow. He’s not just pointing the finger back at himself and his country, but implicitly putting himself on the hook, committing his government in front of the whole world to make things better; versus simply sloughing off blame onto the Colossus to the North. I believe the technical term is “testifying against interest”.Top of Form

    Bukele mentioned he’s neither a fan of the conditions in U.S. holding facilities nor the policies behind them, but emphasized responsibility for the situation

    ultimately rests with those countries that cannot offer more opportunity to their citizens.

    “I think migration is a right, but it should be an option, not an obligation”.

    So, the Central American leader is not some stooge of the Republican Party. He, in fact, agrees with Democrats on some of their criticisms of the border crisis and the Trump Administration’s handling of it; and, indeed, it’s typically the case that there are lots of moving parts and guilt to go around in any controversy. That said, it’s downright refreshing stumbling across someone willing to own his side’s part in a hideous situation.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Pelosi, Schumer, Ocasio-Cortez and Co., who can never acknowledge — or perhaps more accurately never will acknowledge – anything beyond Republican’s or Conservative’s or Donald Trump’s alleged role in the illegal immigration chaos, could do the same?

    Perhaps President Bukele could give them a call?

    Image: Screen Shot; BBC News; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osMi-Kx1Leg

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