The President of El Salvador has Harsh Words for Pundits of Unregulated Immigration

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"Presidente Danilo Medina recibe en Palacio Nacional a presidente electo de El Salvador, Nayib Bukele" by Gobierno Danilo Medina is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, while appearing on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, said that high levels of unregulated immigration to the United States is bad for the country and other Latin countries.

When asked by Carlson on what leads people to move en mass to the States, President Bukele said the following:


“Well, it’s obvious. I mean, 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. If, I mean, most people won’t like, doesn’t want to leave their country.”

“Presidente Danilo Medina recibe en Palacio Nacional a presidente electo de El Salvador, Nayib Bukele” by Gobierno Danilo Medina is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

“They, they like their culture, they like their food. They like their weather. I mean, it’s it’s their country, they have their family members here, their friends, they leave, most people leave their country because of two main reasons. And those are the two main reasons. And if you add up the civil war we had in the 80s, well, that was the main driver at the beginning. And then you have people, you know, that have cousins over there. And then the cousins says, oh, come here, you will have a job here.”

“And there’s relative security, based on what you have over there and what you have here. And so those are the main drivers of immigration that our country has failed to provide security and economic opportunity. So people leave, so people leave.”


“Presidente Danilo Medina recibe en Palacio Nacional a presidente electo de El Salvador, Nayib Bukele” by Gobierno Danilo Medina is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Carlsont then whent on to question Bukele over what policies draw mass imagration (free health care, free education) , he had the following to say:

“Of course, it’s an incentive. I mean, everything is everything life is pros and cons, right?”

“So you have for immigration, you have a con, that probably you don’t know the language or you have to, the journey is a difficult one, you may die in the journey. But if in the end, they will receive a lot of things, of course, it’s a, the the pros go up and the cons go down.”

“So it depends. It’s an incentive game here. And if, for example, if here in El Salvador we have better jobs and better security, it’s less, it’s less of an incentive, and you can see it in the numbers. We haven’t changed the country 180 degrees in two years, in 1 year and 9 months, we have been in government, of course. But if you see the numbers two years ago, you see the numbers now, immigration from El Salvador has gone down.”


“And it’s a couple of reasons, but one of the reasons is that, we have improved security by 75%, I mean the homicide rate has down by 75% and the violent crimes have gone down by 75%. And economic opportunities are a little better than what they were two years ago. And there’s more, there’s a little more hope here that the future is going to be better. So that lowers the numbers that way. That’s why you have caravans of 10,000 people going out of Honduras, and you don’t have any caravans going out from El Salvador.”

“But two years ago, El Salvador was bigger than Honduras in immigration. So you have incentives and drivers here, like I told you before, economic opportunities and security, and you have incentives over there. What you will find at the border and what you will find inside and with and with law enforcement over there.”