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Deported from the US, Salvadorans return to their home country

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Salvadorans deported from the U.S. wait in the immigration office at Comalapa International Airport, 27 miles south of San Salvador, upon their arrival on Feb. 1.

Of the 3 million Salvadorans living abroad, 2.5 million are in the United States. In the US, where there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, immigration reform -- one of President Barack Obama's big promises -- will be one of the first topics of debate in the new Congress, if the tug-of-war over the debt ceiling does not get in the way.

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Deportees are taken into an immigration office at Comalapa International Airport, upon their arrival in El Salvador on Feb. 1.

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A Salvadoran immigration officer provides information to deportees about the check-in process at Comalapa International Airport, on Feb. 1.

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A Salvadoran deported from the US is vaccinated at the immigration office in Comalapa International Airport, upon her arrival in El Salvador on Feb. 1.

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Salvadorans wait for their loved ones -- some deported from the US -- at Comalapa International Airport, 27 miles south of San Salvador, on Feb. 1.

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Accompanied by family members, deported Salvadorans leave Comalapa International Airport, 27 miles south of San Salvador, moments after arriving in El Salvador on Feb. 1.