With all the chaos on the U.S./Mexico border, there’s also been much attention recently to the deportation of many who sought asylum in the U.S. Some of those sent back to El Salvador were murdered there, just as they had feared. El Salvador has become something close to lawless, no longer under state control. The notorious MS-13 gang operates there, and as many as a half million are involved with gangs.
The number of people applying for asylum in the U.S. has steadily increased over the last 4 years, as have Donald Trump’s efforts at making asylum more difficult to obtain. Toward the end of 2017, the U.S. State Department warned Trump that ending temporary protective status (or TPS) for more than 300,000 from El Salvador and Honduras would have serious security ramifications for America, along with grave humanitarian consequences. Trump still proceeded.
The M-13 gang was born in American prisons, and those who were deported brought it back to El Salvador. The homicide rate in El Salvador and Honduras is among the highest in the world.