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Posted: Friday, April 9, 2021. 9:56 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Last week United States Democratic congresswoman Norma Torres and El Salvador president Nayib Bukele exchanged tweets after Torres said on Twitter that the Central American governments of the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) are responsible for the wave of illegal immigrants trying to get into the United States.

Bukele responded by asking Hispanics in the United States not to vote for Torres because she does not represent their best interests.

“She doesn’t work for you, but to maintain our countries in underdevelopment,” Bukele tweeted.

Torres threatened in publishing a list of corrupt Central American officials.

“Unfortunately, the recent string of personal attacks against Congresswoman Torres serves only to undermine her efforts and those of our caucus to build a relationship between the U.S. and El Salvador that benefits the people of both countries,” said the US Congressional Hispanic Caucus. “These attacks are also indicative of what far too many women, and particularly female advocates, routinely experience when they challenge those in power.”

The Hispanic Caucus said that Bukele’s tweet was international governmental interference.

“Further, it is wholly inappropriate for a foreign leader to interfere in a U.S. congressional election,” the Hispanic Caucus said. “We will continue to boldly work to advance a vision for this hemisphere in which the values of democracy, human rights, civility, and mutual respect prevail.”

Bukele has not responded, though his refusal to meet with the visiting US Special Envoy Ricardo Zúñiga shows that the relations between the United States and El Salvador are not what they used to be.

The US Hispanic Caucus said Torres has worked tirelessly to strengthen US relations with Central America and said they stand by her.

“She has always prioritized the rule of law and the fight against corruption in the Northern Triangle because of her commitment to ensuring that the next generation of children growing up in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador do not have to migrate, but rather can imagine a future for themselves in their home countries. We stand in solidarity with her,” the US Congressional Hispanic Caucus said.

In her initial Tweet, Torres accompanied her statement on the Central American migrants with a video of two young girls who were dropped over the US border wall with Mexico reportedly by human traffickers.

Bukele rebutted saying the children were Ecuadorans, not Central Americans and told Torres to use some of her financiers’ checks to buy herself a pair of eyeglasses so she could see better.

“Look ma’am, didn’t you read that the children are from ECUADOR and not from EL SALVADOR? Also, this happened on the border between Mexico and the United States. What does El Salvador have to do with this?” Bukele fired back.

Congresswoman Torres has been critical of the presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Recently in a CNN interview, she asked US president Joe Biden not to give not even a cent in aid to these three countries because she considers their presidents are not doing their job and do not respect the rule of law.

A CNN report said Bukele has already asked the United States for a separate deal from Guatemala and Honduras because he considers that his government is working on reducing illegal immigration.

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