To understand why families from Central America are leaving their homeland to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, we need to look to the history and current U.S. foreign policy in the region.
On June 24, 1980 a general strike was held in El Salvador against the death squads. The U.S. government helped fund Salvadoran police forces.
Questioned about the nature of the aid in a Senate hearing, Under Secretary of State for Latin American Affairs Elliott Abrams said,
I think that government has earned enough trust, as I think we have earned enough trust, not to be questioned, frankly, about exporting torture equipment. But I would certainly be in favor of giving it to them if they want it.
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