"We have been negotiating with the U.S. State Department, with the National Security Department, and (El Salvador's) President (Mauricio) Funes has also made specific requests about how our people can benefit from the granting of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as part of an integrated immigration reform," he said.
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While I want the US to reform its immigration laws to be more favorable to immigrants, I cannot say I have much sympathy for President Funes. If he would implement capitalism in his own country, his citizens wouldn't have to make the dangerous journey into America in an attempt to survive.
Furthermore, it's certainly in President Funes best interest to ensure that his citizens be allowed to immigrate to the US. Latin American countries such as El Salvador are "popular destinations for remittances." Remittances are payments sent from people living and working in the US to family members abroad.
In 2005 approximately $2.5 billion was sent to El Salvador. The amount represented more than 13% of El Salvador’s GDP, or gross domestic product. It is estimated that Latin Americans residing in the United States send $30 billion dollars to their native countries.
How amazing is it that with America's awful mixed-economy, we are able to support not only ourselves, but represent a huge portion of the GDP of other nations as well? Can you imagine how much more we could produce, how much wealthier we could be and how many more people could be supported in a pure, capitalist environment?
If President Funes is envious of the productivity and wealth of the US, he should repeal his country's restrictive laws, implement pure capitalism and watch the prosperity unfold. Not only would he be hailed as a hero, but he'd be rich beyond his wildest dreams. And so would his people.
I wish President Obama would do the same.