Last week, President Trump signed an asylum deal with El Salvador that would seek to send some asylum seekers there first instead of the U.S. On Tuesday, the State Department reduced its travel advisory for El Salvador from a 3 to a 2. Level 3 urges Americans to reconsider travel there, while level 2 only advises caution. The State Department consistently cited the country’s high murder rate and gang violence as the reason for the advisory. The new rating brings the country to the same advisory level as France or Mexico. A spokesman said the change was not due to the recent asylum agreement. However, El Salvador’s president recently met with Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan, saying that lowering the travel advisory and increasing tourism was a priority.
– Weekly Immigration Briefing by Olivia Hester, Immigration Law Analyst at Docketwise
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