Salvadoreños Get Organized

By Leticia Miranda Sep 28, 2009

Last Week, about 150 leaders in Salvadoran communities across the United States met at the the First Salvadoran American Leadership Summit in Washington. The group planned to lobby Congress about a path towards citizenship for those in the community without papers and talk about clear issues they could all agree to work on together. Salvador Sanabria of Salvadorans in the World told the Washington Post:

"We’re not here to look for unity, because unity is a romantic dream that is hard to reach. We’re here to come to this round table without hierarchy to find a consensus about the actions we can take to help our community."

One issue they all could agree to work on was getting full citizenship for about 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants who were given temporary legal status after the 2001 earthquake. They agreed this should be a top priority in any immigration reforms. Overall, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, 47 percent of Salvadorans are undocumented. Read the rest of the Washington Post story here. Pictured above from left to right: Víctor Ramírez, Walter Tejada and Ana Sol Gutiérrez with other Salvadoran politicians. Photo taken by Alfredo Duarte Pereira for El Tiempo Latino.