- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Four Democratic California lawmakers are traveling to El Salvador during a period of heightened tensions between the U.S. and the Central American nation.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and three other Democratic Assembly members leave Wednesday for four days.

Rendon says the delegation wants to discuss protecting the rights of Salvadoran immigrants living in the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration announced last month that it was ending special protections for Salvadoran immigrants, forcing nearly 200,000 to leave the country or face deportation in 2019.

California’s delegation will tour a center that helps returning immigrants. They’ll also discuss governance, crime and urban planning.

Rendon, of Paramount, will be joined by Wendy Carrillo of Los Angeles, Joaquin Arambula of Fresno and Mike Gipson of Carson.

Carrillo is a Salvadoran immigrant.

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