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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23: Rosario Reyes, an undocumented mother from El Salvador, reacts to news on a Supreme Court decision blocking Obama's immigration plan, which would have protected millions of immigrants from deportation, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, on June 23, 2016 in Washington, DC.  The court was divided 4-4, leaving in place an appeals court ruling blocking the plan. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

El Salvador May Hang in the Balance on American Immigration Plans

When it comes to determining exactly what’s next for the proposed crackdown on illegal immigration by American President Donald Trump, much of the focus has been on Mexico. In other cases, the effect on Guatemalans has been zeroed in on, yet it’s El Salvador that may end up being dealt the most severe blow if Trump comes anywhere close to achieving his goal.

The reason is that because of those born in El Salvador, approximately a quarter of them have migrated to the United States in both legal and illegal ways. In the latter case, the remittances that have been sent home for decades would simply dry up, which would deal a devastating blow to the economy of El Salvador.

One lower number floated by those who are attempting to blunt Trump’s push has been 700,000 Salvadorans that could be vulnerable to being sent back. Considering the aforementioned remittances account for $4.6 billion every year, roughly one-sixth of the El Salvador economy, finding a way to fill that gap would be next to impossible.

Like any other component of economic theory, other issues suddenly come into play. Even with that infusion of money, there’s still huge pockets of poverty dotting the landscape. Those that would be unable to use such money in the future would help doom businesses that have been able to survive because of this unspoken connection.

If the budget concerns weren’t risky enough for El Salvador, the country is also considered to be vulnerable to the unrelenting effects that climate change may likely bring. Trump has championed those who belief that the concept is a hoax and has made a major point of rolling back environmental regulations that were put in place to delay or stop the consequences of life in America.

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