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ICYMI: Rubio Suggests Path Forward for El Salvador

Feb 23, 2024 | Press Releases

El Salvador is a bright spot. It can become even brighter

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

February 23, 2024

Informe Orwell

I made my first official visit to El Salvador in March 2023. What I saw was remarkable: under President Nayib Bukele, one of the world’s most dangerous countries had become one of the region’s safest and most promising, all in a matter of months….

But what comes next? If eliminating MS-13 and Barrio 18 was the first step to revitalizing El Salvador, renewing the Salvadoran economy is the second.

This doesn’t mean abandoning the anti-crime program. To the contrary, prosperity follows from security…. [T]he Bukele administration should further professionalize law enforcement, increase the capacity of the court system, and ensure that gangs do not reconstitute in neighboring countries.

If Bukele can make El Salvador’s democratic institutions strong, he will attract more foreign investment. It’s my hope that the United States and El Salvador will work together on this front…. El Salvador is in serious need of capital, and the United States is in serious need of near-shored manufacturing….

President Joe Biden and his left-wing administration do not see closer ties with Bukele as an opportunity. Instead, they badmouth Bukele as “illiberal” and sanction his officials…. [But w]e cannot afford to abandon another promising democracy…. 

Similarly, El Salvador cannot afford to squander [its] economic opportunities Bukele’s security measures have created by falling into Chinese debt traps. I hope the United States and Bukele can cooperate to prevent that from happening….

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