Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fox News reports that Salvadorans fear losing remittances

Fear of losing the ability to receive money from family members working in the US are causing many Salvadorans to re-think their support for FMLN presidential candidate Mauricio Funes.

Fox News reports, "There have also been persistent rumors for years that if an FMLN candidate wins the presidency, the U.S. government will retaliate by deporting many of the 1 million Salvadorans who currently reside in the U.S. Last year about $3.8 billion was sent back to El Salvador from Salvadorans living in the U.S. Fear of these lost funds might explain why the polls -- which last summer so heavily favored Funes – have narrowed considerably."

“This is the first time you would have a left president in El Salvador and that’s creating I think a certain amount of consternation,” says Ray Walser of the Heritage Foundation.

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