Your editorial (May 14), "Help for Salvadoran Refugees," is right on target.
The situation regarding returning workers was being discussed in Central America at the time I visited friends there in mid-April. The initiative to appeal to President Reagan actually originated with the minister of labor of Guatemala, who visited each country in the region to attempt a cooperative response and appeal to the United States regarding implementation of the present "amnesty" bill for undocumented residents.
Severe and widespread economic problems are obvious to the most casual visitor to El Salvador. The great majority of the people are too poor to have any minimal purchasing power, leaving the country with no stimulus for production, and hence virtually no internal economy at all.
Instead of stimulating the economy, the government is obsessed with destruction of what little economic base exists in any region felt to be vulnerable to guerrillas: bombing, napalm, destruction of crops and livestock have displaced as many as 500,000 people within El Salvador, where they live in camps resembling the internment camps for Japanese citizens in this country during World War II.