United States Offers Temporary Protected Status to Thousands of Venezuelans | Donald Trump News
The Biden administration’s decision would protect Venezuelans already in the United States from deportation and allow them to work legally.
The Biden administration will allow hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan migrants in the United States to seek temporary protection, the Department of Homeland Security said on Monday.
The department said Venezuelans would be eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, until September 2022 – a move that could help more than 300,000 people, according to a senior U.S. official.
“Living conditions in Venezuela reveal a country in turmoil, unable to protect its own citizens,” Department of Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement.
“It is during times of extraordinary and temporary circumstances like these that the United States steps in to support eligible Venezuelan nationals already present here.”
The move responds to President Joe Biden’s promise made during the 2020 election campaign to provide refuge to Venezuelans who left their country in an economic collapse, humanitarian crisis and political turmoil under President Nicolas Maduro.
About 5.4 million Venezuelans have emigrated in recent years due to the crisis, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Venezuelans will need to show that they have resided in the United States continuously from March 8 to qualify for the TPS, the Department of Homeland Security said.
Temporary protection gives them the possibility to stay in the country and to work legally.
Colombia also recently Free temporary protection of up to 10 years to nearly one million Venezuelan migrants and asylum seekers in this country.
When Biden took office on January 20, he inherited a string of tough sanctions from his predecessor Donald Trump that further tightened Venezuela’s economic grip.
Trump has widely sought to phase-out of TPS but was thwarted by legal challenges, as Biden set out to reverse Trump’s sweeping immigration policies.
The former president signed an executive order on his last full day in office to protect 145,000 Venezuelans from deportation – and Republican lawmakers have in recent days urged Biden to formalize the decision.
Still, officials in the Biden administration told Reuters news agency that the US president was “in no rush” to lift sanctions against Venezuela.
Official told Reuters Biden was moving away from Trump’s mostly one-sided approach “Maximum pressure” campaign against the country and plans to coordinate more closely with American partners, including the European Union, to force Maduro to hold free and fair elections.
The official also said Washington is reviewing Venezuela’s sanctions to ensure that they are effective against intended targets and do not “unnecessarily” punish the Venezuelan people.
Meanwhile, Biden’s administration continues to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president.
Dozens of countries backed Guaido’s claim after Maduro was re-elected in 2018 in a vote that Western governments have called a sham.
The Venezuelan government did not immediately respond to the TPS announcement.
Guaido issued a statement saying that Venezuelans in the United States can “sleep easier knowing that the United States stands in solidarity with our people.”