On Trip To El Salvador, California Governor Newsom Meets With High-Level Officials And Just Folks

Apr 9, 2019

Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, left, with Gov. Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom in El Salvador on April 7.
Credit Courtesy Wendy Carillo

It's day two [Monday] of California Governor Gavin Newsom's three day visit to El Salvador. It's his first international trip since taking office. Newsom is in the country to learn more about why thousands are fleeing to the United States. CALmatters reporter Elizabeth Aguilara, who's traveling with the governor, says Salvadorans seem happy Newsom has come.

NEWSOM-2-CC/Aguilara: “Most people that we've asked they know that the California governor is here, they seem pretty excited. The people that he's meeting with have been very welcoming and hoping I think that he's going to be able to influence either aid or maybe have some ideas about how to help with their problems here.”

Newsom met several people who fled the country and were sent back after being stopped in Mexico. One told the governor he left because gangs began extorting his family, which owned a farm. Another told Newsom she was searching for better economic opportunities.

Newsom also met with Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren and the U.S. ambassador to El Salvador.