Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Reps. Serrano, Grijalva and Beyer Lead Members of Congress in Demanding U.S. Neutrality in El Salvador’s Elections

Jan 30, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva, José Serrano and Don Beyer led a letter with 36 other Members of Congress to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to reaffirm the United States commitment to democracy in El Salvador and respect the results of the 2019 presidential election set for February 3. Their letter read in part:

“In recent months, we have noted with alarm the tendency of the President, of White House staff, and of several of our fellow Members of Congress to publicize statements implying that they would unilaterally cut aid to El Salvador in response to a variety of policy decisions made by the Salvadoran government. With presidential campaigns in full swing, we are concerned that these or any such threats give Salvadoran voters a false impression that the future of our binational relations is in jeopardy and therefore impede upon their ability to freely elect a government of their choosing.

“Therefore, we encourage that the State Department join us in honoring and respecting the will of the Salvadoran people when they go to the polls on February 3 to elect the next President of El Salvador. We seek your assurance that State Department officials will refrain from positioning themselves in any sort of partisan manner or making any statements to influence the decision of Salvadoran voters ahead of the elections. The State Department’s position with regard to the outcome of the 2019 presidential election should be guided solely by evaluations that the process was free and fair and in compliance with El Salvador’s laws, not by the political preferences of any U.S. official.

“We believe strongly that U.S. policy towards Central America will continue to have major repercussions – negative or positive – on the future of the region. The upcoming elections in El Salvador are an important opportunity for the United States to demonstrate its commitment to a strong democratic future for Central America. We anticipate your assurance and look forward to opportunities to collaborate with the Administration in the months ahead.”

Read the full letter here.