The agreement, signed Wednesday by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez, is designed to combat transnational crime, including crimes committed by Salvadoran gang members who come to the United States.
"As a region, as a hemisphere, we have to share information," Martínez said Thursday. "Now, they will be coming not just with travel documents but also with any information of any crime they may have committed."
Previously, El Salvador received very limited information about its citizens who are deported each year, Martínez said, adding that about 20 percent are involved in "serious crimes."The title of the article and the agreement might be a little misleading. I can understand the Salvadoran government requesting background information on those deported from the US.
What information, however, is the Salvadoran government providing about gang members who go to the US? They don't easily fit into the deportee category. That is, unless, the US requests criminal records from El Salvador about the accused gang members they are about to deport.
Anybody have other ideas?