The Miami Herald has an article today about the burden El Salvador faces as thousands arrive in the country after being deported by the US:
The overwhelming number of repatriations involve ... ''criminal aliens,'' who completed their sentence in U.S. jails for offenses that range from drugs to murder, as well as undocumented adult migrants caught in the United States.
Improved cooperation between U.S. and Salvadoran authorities is in large part responsible for the hike in deportations, officials on both sides say.
''We have been working with El Salvador to speed up the deportation process so people aren't languishing in [U.S.] detention centers,'' said Rebecca Thompson, a spokeswoman at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador.
Salvadoran authorities say some of the deportees could have bright futures, especially in the construction and tourism industries.
''My administration is trying to find a way for the noncriminals to find a job,'' said Rafael Alvarez, director of the country's immigration agency. ``They have a lot of skills, experience with construction, painting, restaurants -- and they know English, too.''
More difficult to assimilate are the convicts who arrive on special flights from the United States at least once a week. Authorities say many are members of U.S.-based street gangs -- and blame them for adding to the high number of homicides and other violent crimes in El Salvador attributed to gangs.(more)
So it should be no surprise that the government of El Salvador is making an all out effort to ensure that Salvadorans who are currently allowed to remain in the US on Temporary Protected Status renew their registration so they do not face deportation as well.