Nelson, Curbelo call on Trump to grant asylum, TPS to Venezuelans

Senador Bill Nelson. Foto: Website del congresista.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) today called on the Trump administration to grant asylum to the record number of Venezuelans seeking refuge in the United States, and Temporary Protected Status to eligible Venezuelans already living in the U.S.

 “Last year, nearly 28,000 Venezuelans applied for asylum, a fourteen-fold increase since 2014, many of them in Miami. Returning law-abiding Venezuelans who fled their country—many of whom fear for their lives—to these tragic circumstances makes no sense,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “I urge you to work quickly to consider, and where appropriate, approve the record number of Venezuelans seeking political asylum in the United States.”

 “I also urge you once again to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to eligible Venezuelans living in the United States,” the lawmakers wrote. “It is critically important that we recognize the plight of the Venezuelan people—both in Venezuela and the United States—as we work to hold the Maduro dictatorship accountable and help restore Venezuela’s once historic democracy.”

 It’s not the first time Nelson has urged the administration to grant TPS protection to Venezuelans in the U.S. In August, Nelson called on the administration to provide Temporary Protected Status to all eligible Venezuelans in the United States.

July 5, 2018

 

The Honorable Kirstjen Nielsen

Secretary of Homeland Security

3801 Nebraska Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20528

 

The Honorable Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State

2201 C Street NW

Washington, DC 20520

 

Dear Secretary Nielsen and Secretary Pompeo:

 

I am troubled by reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is increasingly targeting Venezuelan nationals for deportation, even as the devastating political, economic, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela drags on.

 

The crisis in Venezuela is dire. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his cronies are responsible for persistent human rights violations, the jailing of opponents and political repression, staging sham elections and undermining democratic institutions, and rampant corruption and a collapsing economy. The Venezuelan people suffer at his regime’s hands, lacking food, medicine, and the most basic supplies. Venenzuelans living in the United States are targeted by the Maduro regime as “traitors” and “imperialists,” and many fear for their lives if they return to Venezuela.

 

It appears that DHS is increasingly targeting Venezuelans for deportation. There was a 36 percent increase in deportations of Venezuelans between 2016 and 2017, and data from the last few months suggest that DHS is on track to deport even more Venezuelans this year. Meanwhile, a record number of Venezuelans have sought asylum in the United States. Last year, nearly 28,000 Venezuelans applied for asylum, a fourteen-fold increase since 2014, many of them in Miami.

 

Returning law-abiding Venezuelans who fled their country—many of whom fear for their lives—to these tragic circumstances makes no sense. I urge you to work quickly to consider, and where appropriate, approve the record number of Venezuelans seeking political asylum in the United States.

 

I also urge you once again to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to eligible Venezuelans living in the United States. TPS is intended to provide safe haven to individuals in the United States whose home countries are suffering from armed conflict, environmental disaster, or other extraordinary conditions which prevent them from returning home safely, when doing so is not contrary to the national interest. The situation warranted granting TPS to eligible Venezuelans when I wrote you last August and the situation has only worsened since then.

 

It is critically important that we recognize the plight of the Venezuelan people—both in Venezuela and the United States—as we work to hold the Maduro dictatorship accountable and help restore Venezuela’s once historic democracy. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Sincerely,

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