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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Should U.S. give amnesty to more Central Americans?

The U.S. has seen more amnesty requests from Central American residents who say they'll be killed by gangs if they're forced to return their home countries, the New York Times reports. But it's very tough to get those requests approved. The Obama White House is taking another look at amnesty standards, to see if they need reworking.

The Times writes about Benito Zaldívar, a Salvadoran who tried to go to his parents, who were legal immigrants living in Carthage, Mo. Zaldívar was returned to El Salvador after his request was turned down. He was afraid that he'd be killed for refusing to join a gang. About two months after he went home, he was murdered.

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