The immigration process has been avoid for 380 salvadoran soldiers who fought for the United States in the Iraqi War.
by Cynthia Lemus
Salvadoran people have immigrated to the United States in huge amounts for the last 25 years. According to a report from the Pew Hispanic Center; “Salvadorans are the fourth-largest population of Hispanic origin living in the United States, accounting for 3.3% of the U.S. Hispanic population in 2008.” The increasing of Salvadorians can be related to the immigration flow because of the civil war, low economic incomes, natural disasters that left the country in a deep poverty, etc.
The United States had a big influence in the Salvadorian Civil War. The US sent military aid to help the government to win the war against the guerrilla. Another important event was the US big influence in Salvadorian earthquakes in 2001. During this year there were two debastating earthquakes. One in January 13th and the other one in February 13th.
All these events left El Salvador with a deep economic debt with the United States. Central America Professor, Celia Simonds states, “El Salvador and the United States especially after sign of the peace agreement became closed aliens” Now El Salvador not only has economic relations with the US; Salvadorian government also has a political, and population relationship with that country.
In recent days, this alliance between El Salvador and the United States has been more notable. According to the journalist Jacob Wheeler the Salvadorian government sent a force of 380 soldiers to Iraq in order to help the US military.
Joel Ernesto Acosta, the mayor of a small town in El Salvador called Tacuba, said “We are proud to help the American army because we practically owe our freedom to them. We don’t look at ourselves as independent or separate from the United States, but as a country that stands together with them. That’s why our flags fly together.”
Many people in El Salvador believe that El Salvador has a debt with the United States because of the help they have get during the Salvadoran Civil War, and the earthquake in 2002. On the other hand, other people are against of this flow of soldiers to Iraq. They believe they are dying in a war that they have nothing to do with it. Simonds stated “They (salvadorian soldiers) were there for four years or so, and then they were taken out because salvadoran people did not approve of that.”
Salvadorans not only have to fight inside their own country for their rights, they also have to go fight in other places for a country that they will maybe never visit. Simonds proclaimed “By sending soldiers to Iraq it was another way of El Salvador more less complained with US wishes.”