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Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele in San Salvador, El Salvador Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele in San Salvador, El Salvador, Feb. 17, 2021 (AP photo by Salvador Melendez).

El Salvador’s Election Just Complicated Biden’s Migrant Plan

Thursday, March 4, 2021

One of the areas where U.S. foreign and domestic policies intersect most tangibly, as we saw over the past four years during Donald Trump’s administration, is on immigration and refugees. President Joe Biden campaigned on a promise to launch a sharply different strategy to deal with migrants and refugees, especially at the border with Mexico, but now his plans are facing new headwinds.

In a legislative election last weekend in El Salvador, President Nayib Bukele’s party, New Ideas, along with his ally the Grand Alliance for National Unity, won a landslide victory. Early results suggest that Bukele’s bloc will enjoy a parliamentary supermajority, controlling at least two-thirds of the chamber’s seats, enough to enact legislation and install just about any loyalist he chooses in positions of power. ...

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