US children citizens in El Salvador

La Prensa Gráfica reports statistics from the US State Department that approximately 15,000 children who are US citizens live in El Salvador. Most of these have Salvadoran parents, and most of them are children of undocumented workers living in the United States. Even though their parents are illegally in the US, by virtue of being born in the United States, they have US citizenship. Since their parents are Salvadoran, they are also recognized by El Salvador as citizens of that country.

Most of the children have been sent to live in El Salvador to be cared for by grandparents or other relatives because the parents must work too long and hard to care for them. Once they reach age 21, they can have their parents and siblings legally join them in the United States.

There are 2.3 million Salvadorans living in the United States.


Hodad said…
I did not realize this, but it makes some sense, and sometimes living with the grand parents is a GOOD thing