El Salvador's President-elect Mauricio Funes said on Monday that he had called for an extension for a special migratory status for Salvadorians in the United States, and more investment in regional banks to help Central America bounce back from the global financial crisis.
According to news reaching here on Monday, Funes asked U.S. President Barack Obama to extend the Temporary Protected Status granted to Salvadorians until the U.S. can adopt a comprehensive migratory reform.
There are currently 250,000 Salvadorian citizens in the United States who enjoy this status, which will expire in September 2010.
Salvadorians were granted this status in 2001, after the nation was struck by two major earthquakes in January and February of that year, killing a total of 1,100 people.
The U.S. government attempted to implement a migration reform during the Bush Administration, but failed to get Congress approval.
Funes called the U.S. government to boost its investment in the Inter-American Development Bank and the Central American Economic Integration System Bank, in a bid to help the region to fight against the financial crisis.
"Only by improving conditions in all of the nations in the hemisphere, can massive emigration to the United States be avoided," he said.