El Salvador: Political, Economic, and Social Conditions and Relations With the United States
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Tony Saca, a businessman from the conservative National Republican Alliance ARENA party, was inaugurated as president for a five-year term in June 2004. President Saca faces the challenges of restarting a stagnating economy, passing legislation in a polarized political environment, and combating gang violence. Although 54 of Salvadorans approve of his overall job performance, a majority disprove of his decision to maintain a contingent of 380 Salvadoran soldiers in Iraq. The United States is working with President Saca to combat narco-trafficking, to resolve immigration issues, and to promote free trade, possibly through the proposed United States- Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement DR-CAFTA. On December 17, 2004, El Salvador became the first country in Central America to ratify DR-CAFTA. On January 6, 2005, the U.S. government extended the Temporary Protected Status TPS of undocumented Salvadoran migrants living in the United States until September 9, 2006. This report will be updated as events warrant. For further information, see CRS Report RL32322, Central America and the Dominican Republic in the Context of the Free Trade Agreement DR-CAFTA with the United States.
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