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08/09/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/09/2019 15:39

Pelosi Remarks at Press Availability Concluding Congressional Delegation Visit to Guatemala

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Guatemala City, Guatemala - Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks at a press availability concluding the Congressional Delegation's visit to Guatemala. Below are the Speaker's remarks:
Speaker Pelosi. Thank you so much. Good afternoon everyone, buenos tardes. Wonderful to be here with our delegation, especially that it includes Congresswoman Norma Torres, born in Guatemala, coming here, place of her birth, as a Member of Congress, a member of the almighty powerful Appropriations Committee. I want to extend the gratitude of our delegation to our distinguished Ambassador Arreaga and to him and his team for their representation of our great country in this great country, and for their leadership today in facilitating a wonderful, wonderful day of events for us.
We came here to listen and to learn. How we could work together, to have Guatemala be a place where people want to stay rather than trying to suffer the hardship of coming into America if they are not able to get status.
Some of what that Ambassador planned for us - it was a joy for us to begin the day with the children. It's always about the children and their families, and making the future better for them and we had the chance to tour the Raíces de Amor Shelter. We then had a country team briefing where we're very proud of our embassy staff here.
We met with the mission against impunity in Guatemala, and that was a sad meeting for us. The Guatemalan civil society, meeting with international NGOs, roundtable meeting with independent judges, roundtable meeting with the private sector.
So, we had a cross-section of every aspect of the vitality of Guatemala and what the possibilities are for, again, our working together - what we can do through USAID, what we can do through trade promotion and U.S. investment in Guatemala, what we can do to work together for the security of our region, but, most importantly, for the safety and well-being of the people of our two countries.
The relationship is an important one. And, in that spirit, I wish the people of Guatemala much success with their election this weekend.
We come at an important time. Election times are important for the mark they make on the future. And, I wish them well in their election.
And, with that, I am very pleased to introduce the Members of our Delegation - very distinguished. We have many Chairmen and many Freshmen.
Chairman Eliot Engel of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Congresswoman - Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez, Chair of the Small Business Committee. Chairman Jim McGovern of the Rules Committee. Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Homeland Security [Subcommittee] of Appropriations.
Among appropriators, we have Mr. Henry Cuellar, as well as Congresswoman Torres, joining Lucille. And, Anthony Brown of Maryland. Mary Gay Scanlon of Pennsylvania. Chuy García of Illinois. Katie Hill of California. Congresswoman Lauren Underwood of Illinois.
And, we are very honored that this is a bipartisan delegation. So, I want to pay special welcome - recognition - to Congresswoman Amata Coleman Radewagen, who is - where is she? Oh, there - from American Somoa.
With that, later we will take some questions, but first, I'm really pleased because it was really a joy for all of us to come to Guatemala in the first place, but to come here with Congresswoman Norma Torres, it's very special for us. She inspired us on this trip, but she inspires us all the time in the Congress and is a special voice for us in terms of U.S.-Guatemala relations, Congresswoman Torres.

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