A letter from Gavin Newsom for Governor, a 2020 candidate for California State Governor, on El Salvador1
April 14, 2019 by epoetus
“We must not love our lives so much that we avoid taking the risks in life that history calls for.”
Saint Oscar Romero
Last week, I traveled to El Salvador to learn firsthand about the conditions causing tens of thousands of Central Americans to flee to the United States.
El Salvador is one of several countries impacted by the Trump administration’s recent cuts in federal aid to Central America – aid meant to alleviate and address the poverty and chaos that force so many to leave their homes. During my trip, I heard directly from folks who have fled their homes because of violence, corruption, and extortion.
But I also learned more about El Salvador’s beautiful culture and met folks working to make life better for the next generation.
I had a moving visit to Saint Oscar Romero’s home and the chapel where he was assassinated. He was a true warrior of faith and justice, and an example to us all that it is never the wrong time to do the right thing.
I met kids learning to code, offering a chance for a better future for themselves and their families. I also met the USAID team providing these classes, whose funding is now at risk of being cut by Trump.
And I spoke to leaders and activists about how the very same American aid that Trump has threatened to cut is helping curb the need for migration, create economic opportunity, and protect so many from violence.
One thing has been made crystal clear to me by this trip: We have to address immigration in a comprehensive and thoughtful way.
The divisive rhetoric coming from Washington is doing nothing but creating more chaos and harm to this country. It’s reckless and irresponsible — and California will not stand for it.
Our state is going to offer even more help to separated families and asylum seekers here in California. We’re going to continue working to expand access to healthcare for anyone who calls California home. And I’m going to push Congress to finally pass the Dream and Promise Act, which will provide a pathway to citizenship and permanent status for immigrants across the country.
California won’t sit by while the federal government abdicates its duties. We will do better.
Thanks for standing with me,
Gavin Newsom <firstname.lastname@example.org>