El Salvador warns migrants against travelling to the US (News)

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San Salvador: One of El Salvador’s top diplomats on Wednesday described conditions at shelters for migrant children in the United States as “totally inadequate,” blasted the Trump administration’s family-separation policy and warned that migrants should seriously consider any decision to travel north.

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Blanca Orantes-Lopez poses for a photo with her 8-year-old son, Abel Alexander, during the monthlong journey from their hometown of Puerto La Libertad, El Salvador, to the United States-Mexico border.

Blanca Orantes-Lopez poses for a photo with her 8-year-old son, Abel Alexander, during the monthlong journey from their hometown of Puerto La Libertad, El Salvador, to the United States-Mexico border.

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Liduvina Magarin, the deputy foreign minister in charge of Salvadorans abroad, said that the government had identified 93 of the roughly 2000 children separated from their parents by the Trump administration in recent weeks as Salvadoran, although she acknowledged the number could change.

Magarin said that she was unaware of any cases where children or parents have been separated and then deported and that Salvadoran authorities are trying to reunite the families in the United States.

Latin American countries such as Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador had come out strongly this week in opposition to President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, which is aimed at prosecuting more migrants for crossing the border illegally and in the process had separated children from their parents.

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