U.S. deputy secretary of state visits El Salvador

08:23, May 05, 2010      

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The U.S. deputy secretary of state, Arturo Valenzuela, arrived in El Salvador on Tuesday, the second stage of an official visit to Central American nations, according to news reaching here.

Valenzuela, who has special responsibility for Western Hemisphere affairs, arrives from Guatemala where he met that nation's president, Alvaro Colom. He is set to meet with El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes on Tuesday.

Salvadorian media reported that the law targeting migrants in southern U.S. state Arizona will likely be top of the agenda when Valenzuela meets Colom. At the end of last week, Arizona passed a law that forces police to investigate every report of illegal migration and gives citizens the right to sue police officers who do not investigate such reports. Migrants groups in the U.S. say the legislation will be used by racists to harass all residents from ethnic minorities.

Shortly after the measure became law, Funes described the Arizona law as "xenophobic and designed to persecute migrants."

Valenzuela, a former advisor to former U.S. President Bill Clinton, is set to meet Funes and El Salvador's foreign minister, Hugo Martinez, as well as the University of Central America where he will meet students. He will travel on to Panama for the final stage of his official visit on Wednesday



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