|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Central America

US Deports 20,000 Illegal Aliens Back to El Salvador
6,212 have criminal records.

SAN SALVADOR -- A total of 19,701 Salvadorans have been deported from the United States since Jan. 1, including 6,212 with criminal records, the Central American country's deputy minister of Public Safety announced Friday.

Astor Escalante said in an interview with Telecorporacion Salvadoreņa that Salvadorans deported as undocumented aliens rose to 13,489 in 2008, while in 2007 the number at year's end was 14,905.

Some 240,000 undocumented Salvadorans are allowed to live and work in the United States under Temporary Protected Status, first extended after El Salvador was devastated by earthquakes in January and February 2001 and renewed multiple times since then.

Remittances from the 2.5 million Salvadorans residing in the United States constitute their homeland's biggest single source of income.

An official at El Salvador's migration agency told Efe that among deportees from the United States with criminal records this year were 34 cases of murder, 30 of kidnapping, 1,206 of robbery, 1,060 for drug sales and 487 for sexual abuse or rape.

Escalante said that the deportees with criminal records have for several years been "a factor that increases criminality, even though there was a reduction of crimes" in El Salvador this year, with 342 fewer murders than in 2007.

He did not provide figures for the total number of murders in each year.

According to different sources, eight murders are currently committed daily in El Salvador, while over the last decade there were months in which the number rose to 10 or 11 a day.

The deputy minister said that a much of the violence is generated by street gangs, which according to the police have some 9,600 members nationwide, many of them already behind bars.

The gangs originated two decades ago on the streets of Los Angeles among young Salvadorans whose parents fled their nation's then-civil war for the United States.

Because many of the gangbangers were born in El Salvador, they were subject to deportation when rounded up during crackdowns in California in the 1990s. Sent back "home" to a land they barely knew, they formed gangs that spread throughout the small nation and to neighboring countries in Central America.

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2019 © All rights reserved