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Salvadoran deportees arrive at La Chacra Immigration Center in San Salvador, El Salvador, June 28, 2018 (AP photo by Salvador Melendez).

Kicked Out of the U.S., Salvadoran Deportees Are Struggling Simply to Stay Alive

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

SAN SALVADOR—At around 2 a.m. on a Sunday this past May, Ricardo Canenguez sent his girlfriend, Damaris Perez, a text message with a license plate number. The plate belonged to the car of a police officer who, Canenguez said, had harassed him—and struck him—for no apparent reason while he was out at a bar that night.

The 40-year-old Canenguez spent most of his childhood and adolescence in Los Angeles, but he had been living in his native El Salvador since being deported in 2001. He had tattoos all over his arms, something many Salvadorans associate with street gangs. For this reason, he had frequent run-ins with the police, Perez recalls. ...

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