Admin. Extends Salvadoran Deportation Freeze

Byron Tau and Josh Gerstein, Politico, January 10, 2012

The Obama administration has extended temporary protected status to El Salvadoran nationals through late 2013, shielding them from deportation and forcible return to their home country.

The Department of Homeland Security cites ongoing disruptions from a series of earthquakes in 2001, concluding that “El Salvador remains unable, temporarily, to handle adequately the return of its nationals.”


The protected status designation currently applies to 215,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S. illegally and otherwise subject to deportation, and remittances from ex-patriate Salvadorans in the United States help keep that country’s economy afloat.

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  • Anonymous

    For those who think there is no difference between Mexicans and Salvadorans, just know that La Eme and La Nuestra Familia, two Mexican gangs/drug cartels, are terrified of Ms-13, due to the Salvadoran gang’s penchant for decapitation and torture. When most people think El Salvador, they think Archibishop Romero and the Reagan Administration’s conflict in the early 80s. Unfortunately, due to this action, some Americans are going to be finding out an awful lot about El Salvador.

    • Do you give any credence to the theory that our assisting El Salvador to beat back the Soviets helped to incubate gangs like MS-13?  I have heard that theory but I don’t know how credibly it should be taken.

      • Conan

        The Soviet involvement in El Salvador was minimal.

        It was an internal problem due to five families controlling the vast majority of good farmland and the peasants finally revolting against it. We made a terrible mistake arming and training those death squads which prolonged the civil war in El Salvador longer than it should it should have gone on.

      • Anonymous

        MS-13 really took wings the same way that BGF (Black Guerilla Family) or the Aryan Brotherhood began. They were incubated in San Quentin and Chino prisons. Displaced Salvadorans began coming here in the early to mid 80s and were preyed upon by other Hispanics who numerically outnumbered them, and so they formed gangs to defend themselves.

        So, yes, the strife in the region contributed to their birth.

  • Anonymous

    For every piece of good news about illegal immigration, there are ten stories like this that just make one sad.

    • Anonymous

      Michael Savage was the ONLY  host to discuss this amnesty or the La Raza appointment.

      • Anonymous

        Not surprising.  Everyone else is too concerned with marginal tax rates, vouchers for black kids in da hood, and other irrelevant issues.

        If demographics is destiny, immigration is the one area where conservatives can make progress in helping conserve our culture, as once minorities get here their interests become more important than those of whites.

      • Anonymous

        Yep, I heard him ranting and raving….sounded genuinely pi**ed off.

  • Anonymous

    Why 2013? Comrade Obama only needs to keep them in the country long enough to vote for him. Maybe he plans to postpone the election till 2013

  • Anonymous

    The Democrats know their next generation of voters has to come from somewhere. El Salvador, for example.

  • Anonymous

    Mass deportation is the only answer.

    God, this country is going to hell in a handbasket and there is nothing we can do about it!

    So frustrating. What ever happened to “Leave it to beaver”?

    • Anonymous

      Truly done for, no turning this failed country around.

       Best thing sane folks can do is prepare for the worst.

  • By Obamas and other politicians reasoning, wouldn’t these 200K people be a stimulate to their country? That’s what they do for our country right?! I wonder how many of these illegals are MS-13 members? Nice knowing you America.