El Salvador gave out tips to illegal immigrants in the U.S. on how to avoid deportation Wednesday, a little over a week after the Mexican government did the same.
Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez laid out the advice in an interview to ElSalvador.com. Martinez pointed to the advice of a Salvadoran activist Jorge Mendez based in Virginia, who says that it isn’t necessary for illegal immigrants to have documents from their country of origin and can instead just use a library card — which has a photo and name.
Martinez also said that illegal immigrants should develop an “emergency plan” with their family in preparation for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers showing up. He also advised illegal immigrants to not let ICE officers in without a warrant and said they should respond only by name and not discuss their place of birth.
The foreign minister went on to say that El Salvador has started a program with half a million dollars funding designed to help deported illegal immigrants adjust to life back home. Over 4,000 El Salvadorans have been deported since the start of the year.
After President Trump implemented his immigration policies Central American countries have been increasing their outreach to illegal immigrant compatriots in the U.S. A group of Mexican officials are holding a meeting in Chicago on Friday and Saturday to discuss ways to protect illegal aliens.