Senate leader Steinberg and legislative delegation to visit El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama next week

July 11, 2014

Immigration and trade top the agenda in meetings with national leaders

(Sacramento) – California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg and a delegation of state lawmakers will travel to El Salvador and Guatemala, to meet with national leaders on a fact-finding mission to the explore political, economic and social environments on the ground, and what impacted-states like California can do to meet the humanitarian challenges presented by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border. The delegation will also visit Panama to learn firsthand about the expansion of the Canal Zone.

Senator Darrell Steinberg (D – Sacramento) and Senator Ellen Corbett (D – East Bay), will be joined by Legislative Latino Caucus members Assemblyman Jose Medina (D – Riverside), Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D – Fresno), Assemblyman V. Manuel Peréz (D – Coachella), and caucus vice-chair Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D – Watsonville).

The delegation’s visit runs from July 14 – 23, 2014 and seeks to strengthen legislative ties and exchange information on a number of public policy areas, including immigration reform and trade. A full description of the delegation’s Mission Statement accompanies this news advisory. Additional information prepared by the Senate Office of Research on the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. border, can be found at:

Scheduled meetings include:
His Excellency Salvador Sanchez Ceren, President of El Salvador.
His Excellency Oscar Ortiz, Vice President of El Salvador.
His Excellency Hugo Martinez, Minister of Foreign Affairs, El Salvador.
His Excellency Tharsis Salomon Lopez Guzman, Minister of Economy, El Salvador.
The Honorable Sigfrido Reyes, President of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador.
His Excellency Oscar Padilla Lam, Vice-minister of Foreign Relations, Guatemala.
His Excellency Paul Briere, President of the Congressional Committee for Migrants of Guatemala.
The Honorable Mari Carmen Aponte, US Ambassador to El Salvador.
The Honorable Jonathan D. Farrar, US Ambassador to Panama.
The Honorable Charisse Phillips, Charge d’Affaires to Guatemala.
The Panama Canal Authority.

Some transportation, security, and interpreting services expenses will be met by host governments. Remaining expenses – including airfare and hotel accommodation – will be met by individual members.


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