United States, President Trump, El Salvador discussed on PRI's The World

PRI's The World


And if you look at the numbers if you look at the hard data this narrative. That is being driven by president. Trump simply does not hold water. One more practical thing here embassador what about drugs crossing the border, which Trump address last night. What is the best way to stop that? This is one of the reasons why I've been saying all along that Trump's wall is a first century solution to twenty first century challenges. There are seventy five thousand trucks across our border both directions every day. And that's where the drugs coming north and the guns going south into Mexico. That's where most of this stuff is coming in through. So the challenge is at the port of entry not in the desert not between ports of entry. So I would suggest that what you need is a mix of technology better infrastructure reports. More personnel to be able to specked trucks and lorries and containers coming through the border. We need a much more intelligent driven approach the border needs to be more like a membrane than wall. A membrane allows the good stuff to come in. But filters the bad stuff out. Out that has to be the paradigm, the both countries devise through our border tourists are kind was Mexico's ambassador to the US from two thousand seven to two thousand thirteen really good to have this conversation with you. Thanks. Thanks. Thanks for having me. One thing. We did not hear from President Trump last night, a repeat of his threat to cut off aid to Guatemala Honduras, and El Salvador to punish them for not doing more to stop migrants coming to the US. Here's a problem with that narrative. Take the number of Salvadorans picked up at the US border that number has dropped dramatically in the last two years. Also, check own came to the US from El Salvador decades ago. He's an expert on Central American migration to the US. And now heads the group Alleanza America's I asked him what he makes of the numbers while I mean, I think it's important to understand the difference between the Central America. Nationalities. Combing north to the US in Salvadorians in particular are one national group with the long. Migration history to the US. They have saw the largest percentage of people who actually hold legal permanent residency in even US citizenship in the US all these translates into Salvadorians having motorsport Unity's to actually come to the US using a Nigam visa on the other hand that is a much larger number of people who fly into the US with a visitor's these some of those people don't go back to Salvador in. So that's why you don't see the same number of Salvadorians being caught at the US border. So that's the general picture. It's good to have that background. But what do you make of this significant sudden drop in Salvadorans fleeing to the US why did that happen while there is also the benefit of having a much wider social intelligence network. Salvadorians already in the US are very quick to communicate to the relatives wen is three. Really a good time or not a good time to come to the US. But there is also another factor. The statistics that are collected usually by the US border patrol only. Give us a glimpse of who is being caught. It does not actually tell us about people entering without actually being caught by the US border patrol. I don't doubt that is in. These are reality El Salvador that is not as bad if you compare to Honduras, or what the myla in the diamond also have an impact on why there are fewer Salvadorians, but innocence to my view, he has a lot to do with how well Salvadorians know. When is it the best moment in through what particular avenues does it make or does not make sense to try to come to the US? So if we can take the numbers and kind of see that they have dropped. I mean, it's happening. The same time that Donald Trump is threatening to cut aid to countries in the northern triangle Central America. Luding El Salvador, and yet the numbers are down..

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