The announcement is made in the framework of the attacks that the official was subjected to by President Bukele in the face of Torres’s criticism of the migration policy of the Central American governments.
US Congresswoman Norma Torres announced that the list is about to be published corrupt officials in Central America. Torres was attacked days ago on Twitter by the President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, after addressing “corruption in the Northern Triangle by the Salvadoran president.”
In an official statement dated April 2, it is reported that Congresswoman Torres, co-chair of the Central American Congress Caucus, will release “the list of corrupt actors” this coming week.
“Torres’s list of corrupt actors in Central America will be published this next week. Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35), co-chair of the Central American Congressional Caucus, issued the following statement today after her efforts to address corruption in the Northern Triangle resulted in attacks on Twitter by Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele and its facilitators ”.
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It is explained that this situation comes days before the delivery of a list requested by Congresswoman Torres of the State Department and the US Treasury for Congress to identify the corrupt actors in the region and any effort that “our government has taken to hold them accountable ”.
Last friday bukele published a thread of tuis against Congresswoman Torres for his comments and criticism of the Salvadoran government regarding its immigration policy, after a video that went viral on networks where two girls are seen who were thrown by a coyote at the wall that divides the border between Mexico and the United States.
Torres assured that it is a “shame” that the governments of the Northern Triangle do not fight corruption and drug trafficking.
“This is a shame for the governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, their compatriots deserve governments that are truly committed to fighting corruption and drug trafficking,” Torres said.
“Look ma’am, did you read that the children are from ECUADOR and not from EL SALVADOR? In addition, this occurred on the border of Mexico with the United States. What does El Salvador have to do with this? He should use a part of his financier’s check to buy glasses, ”Bukele lashed out at Torres.
In the official statement known last night, Torres expresses that “any father who feels so desperate for his children in his country of origin and who would send them on a dangerous journey north is a denunciation of the lack of leadership and opportunities in those nations.” .
And he explains that “it is a serious decision that no parent should have to make. My focus is and has always been on children forced to flee, parents forced to send their children away, and people who lose their lives on the dangerous journey north that should never have felt necessary to do in the first place. ” .
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Before Torres’ statements, President Bukele also urged Florida voters not to support the congresswoman with their vote, something that was criticized by the expert on immigration policy, Napoleón Campos, who said that those attitudes undermine little confidence that the government of Joe Biden, has in El Salvador.
Being that the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, is the delegate for her government for Migration Issues in Latin America and Torres is part of that team led by Harris.
Torres’ announcement also comes days after the US State Department presented its latest 2020 Human Rights Practices Report last Tuesday, which included a section dedicated to El Salvador to point out serious acts of violence. corruption. According to the report, “impunity is endemic in El Salvador.”
The report includes officials and former officials of the current Bukele government for irregular purchases of food and supplies to combat the pandemic, in which companies linked to the Minister of Finance, Alejandro Zelaya and the former director of Fonaes, Jorge Aguilar, are involved.
They also point to the Judicial Branch for issuing “inconsistent” judgments and for failing to point out the government’s discretionary accounts.
The report refers to the first case of an alleged negotiation by the Bukele government with leaders of the MS-13 gang in order to obtain “electoral support and the reduction of homicides,” based on an investigation published by the digital newspaper El Faro.