El Salvador asking US to extend migrant program

AP News
Posted: Oct 21, 2011 8:58 PM
El Salvador asking US to extend migrant program

El Salvador's president says he will ask Washington to halt deportations of Salvadorans and extend a program that allows those who are in the U.S. illegally to stay.

President Mauricio Funes says he wants to be sure El Salvador's "temporary protected status" doesn't expire in March.

That U.S. program benefits foreigners whose return to their home country may be dangerous because of a natural disaster or other reasons.

Funes said Friday that 10 days of heavy rains have destroyed crops and towns in El Salvador while killing 32 people. The storms have killed 105 across Central America.

The U.S. granted El Salvador temporary protected status in 2001 after earthquakes devastated the nation. It has been extended since.