Last Monday February 23, House members Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to his fellow House Representatives requesting their support for a letter to President Obama requesting his support of free and transparent elections in El Salvador.
“We call upon all U.S. government officials and Members of Congress to refrain from any attempt, at any point during the campaign, to influence the decision of Salvadoran voters.” says the letter sent by Grijalva and Kaptur.
The letter to be sent to President Obama “emerges in light of efforts by the ruling party, ARENA, to manipulate the official foreign policy of the United States toward El Salvador for partisan ends.” states a press release sent by the organizers.
Salvadoran Americans take a stand
Mario Fuentes, general director of the Salvadoran American National Association (SANA), stated yesterday that, “The latest elections in the United States have demonstrated the profound hope for change in America, and the same desire for change has been expressed by 80 percent of the Salvadoran people.”
In the past, the US government has participated actively in El Salvador politics, especially during the Bush administration. For instance, US State Department officials and members of the American embassy have warned Salvadorans that a victory of a leftist party would damage diplomatic ties with the US, and cause problems to Salvadoran immigrants, including deportations and a blockade on remittances to the country.
Yesterday, as I spoke to a young Salvadoran American leader lobbying at the Congress and she told me: "My parents left El Salvador because of the ARENA failed policies. I was born in the US but I want to help building a better country for all Salvadoreños."
If you want to help, contact your Congress member or send a letter to President Obama asking them to please stand for Salvadorans and their right of living in a fair nation in peace.
El Salvador is a country of hard working and family oriented people, where foreign political interests have otherwise divided and caused hatred, and is a country that deserves a better future.