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

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

Editor’s Note: This story was a Finalist for a 2019 Livingston Award, for excellence in international reporting. In July 2019, it also received an Honorable Mention by the National Press Club for the Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence, which recognizes excellence in reporting on diplomatic and foreign policy issues. 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 […]

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