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At least 200 killed or abused after being deported by US to El Salvador: HRW

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A group of Salvadoran migrants start their journey towards the United States in San Salvador, on January 20, 2020. (AFP photo)

At least 200 people have been either murdered or abused and sexually assaulted after the US deported them back to El Salvador as US President Donald Trump continues crackdown on “illegal aliens.”

The Human Rights Watch has documented 138 cases of murder as well as 70 cases of abuse or sexual assault so far, according a report released Wednesday.

Upon deportation ranging from 2013 to 2019, the victims were exposed to gang members, police forces, soldiers, death squads or their own former partners.

“In many cases the US is putting Salvadorans in harm’s way in circumstances where it knows or should know that harm is likely,” said the HRW. “No government, UN agency, or nongovernmental organization has systematically monitored what happens to deported persons once back in El Salvador. This report begins to fill that gap.”

The rights group further detailed three cases to “illustrate the range of harms,” inflicted on the Salvadorans, about 1.2 million of whom are non-citizens in the United States.

During the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Trump again stressed combating refugees and asylum seekers.

“Tragically, there are many cities in America where radical politicians have chosen to provide sanctuary for these criminal illegal aliens. In sanctuary cities, local officials order police to release dangerous criminal aliens to prey upon the public, instead of handing them over to ICE to be safely removed,” he said.

The president exemplified his point with the alleged rape and murder of 92-year-old Maria Fuertes in New York City by a 21-year-old illegal immigrant.

“The killer had been previously arrested for assault, but under New York sanctuary policies, he was set free,” Trump said. “If the city had honored ICE’s detainer request, his victim would still be alive today.”

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