"El Salvador needs people to rebuild the economy and provide education and job opportunities to keep people from joining gangs.  According to the Central Bank of El Salvador it received $3.6 billion in remittances last year.

"As important as the remittances are to subsidize consumption it is not the same as creating productive capacity," Arnson said.

Yet this productive capacity can be created if President Obama and members of Congress work together to implement four simultaneous initiatives."

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