Migration from El Salvador surging again
Migration from El Salvador towards the US has been one defining feature of the past several decades of Salvadoran history. It is a trend originating in the violence, oppression and poverty of the conflict years and has continued ever since. This trend does not respect who is in power in El Salvador, including the current president, as illustrated by the current surge in those heading north.
US government statistics show that migration from El Salvador has been accelerating in recent months. It is also striking how the first three months of 2020 are on almost exactly the same pace as the surge in 2019: