When it comes to immigration control, President Donald Trump has not backed down from his promise to secure and protect our borders, despite heavy criticism and legal actions against him. Progressive states, such as California and Washington, have a record number of lawsuits against the Trump administration, but that hasn’t stopped the Commander-and-Chief from continuing his efforts. On Sept. 20, the US and El Salvador leaders signed an asylum agreement, another large step in border control.
Much like the agreement with Guatemala, the arrangement with El Salvador would require our friends from to the South to offer asylum to refugees instead of sending the migrants to the US. The new proposal was signed at a ceremony in Washington, DC between the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, and El Salvador’s foreign minister, Alexandra Hill Tinoco.
“This agreement today is one significant step forward,” McAleenan said. “El Salvador is a critical partner for the United States in promoting the security and prosperity of Central America.”
“We are working every single day to try to solve this issue of people, who by various reasons, reasons of insecurity or reasons of death threats are forced to leave our country,” Tinoco said.
The pact would see the US providing more aid to help El Salvador strengthen its economy and protect its citizens. In a press release by the US Embassy in El Salvador, the conditions and expectations were laid out:
Both governments will continue to maintain high-level dialogue so that El Salvador becomes a prosperous and safe country, and be the model of a best practice for the region. The United States government is committed to continue exploring possibilities to deepen security cooperation, creating legal employment opportunities in the United States, and promoting investment and economic growth in El Salvador. The Salvadoran government is committed to continue strengthening security, health, education and employment to improve the quality of life of Salvadorans.
However, not everyone is happy about it. While those in favor of tougher immigration control will likely see this as another step in the right direction, opposers feel this is just hurting vulnerable migrants by forcing them to seek sanctuary in a country that might not be much better that where they left from in the first place.
Douglas Rivlin, spokesperson for America’s Voice, said: “The Trump administration’s asylum policies and sham processes are endangering lives and exacerbating a human rights crisis Trump and his team helped spark.”
Oscar Chacon, executive director of Alianza Americas, was just as verbal in his dislike of the policy. He said: “If this agreement goes into effect, the U.S. will be forcing the most vulnerable communities to seek safety in a country that is not equipped to protect its own citizens or provide economic opportunity.”
McAleenan said that since El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, took office earlier this year, immigrants coming to America from the area has dropped 62%. Putting 300 immigration agents and 800 police officers along the country’s border has helped tremendously and has shown that El Salvador is keeping its promise to assist in border control.