US increases deportations to El Salvador

Deportations from the US back to El Salvador have increased since the beginning of the year. According to a report in Diario El Mundo, there has been a 61% increase over the same period the year before. Of the 1387 persons deported so far in 2006, 327 have criminal records. The report attributes the increase to a hardening of US immigration policy, notwithstanding the recent extension of TPS which protects undocumented person who have been in the US since 2001 and have not committed any crimes.