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Marco Rubio Wants Venezuelans Fleeing Maduro Regime to Have Temporary Protected Status

December 17, 2018 - 6:00am
Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio

From his perch as chairman of the U.S. Senate Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Issues Subcommittee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is looking to offer Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelans fleeing that South American nation which is facing economic and social chaos under the Maudro regime. 

Towards the end of last week, Rubio joined Democrat U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Bob Menendez of New Jersey  to bring out the “Venezuela Temporary Protected Status and Asylum Assistance Act.”

“Established by the U.S. Congress through the Immigration Act of 1990, TPS is a temporary, renewable program that provides relief from deportation and access to a work permit for foreign nationals from certain countries who are unable to safely return to their home country due to natural disasters, armed conflicts, or other extraordinary conditions,” Rubio’s office noted about the legislation. 

“As Venezuelans continue to face serious threats to their safety and livelihood at the hands of Maduro’s narcoterrorist tyranny, it is clear in-country conditions warrant granting temporary protected status to Venezuelan nationals residing in the U.S.,” Rubio said. “Granting this protection will provide a temporary solution to many Venezuelans who fear returning to their homeland due to the ongoing crisis and extraordinarily difficult conditions.”

“The extraordinary depth of Venezuela’s political, economic, and humanitarian crisis has forced millions of Venezuelans to flee their country, creating upheaval that is now being felt throughout the region,” Menendez, who introduced the legislation, said. “Providing Temporary Protected Status for eligible individuals and supporting migration systems in the region to assist Venezuelans who are prevented from returning safely to their country is the humanitarian and morally responsible thing to do.”

“When I traveled to Venezuela earlier this year, I found a country on the edge, facing overlapping economic, humanitarian, and political crises.  The Venezuelan government under President Maduro has taken a series of repressive and undemocratic actions, including the cowardly jailing of National Assembly member Juan Requesens, that threatens its own people and has isolated it from the world,” Durbin said.  “Venezuela faces a crisis, and the United States has a responsibility to respond in a manner that lives up to our American values.  It is within our power to help keep innocent men, women, and children out of harm’s way by passing the Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act of 2018.”

The bill was sent to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on which Rubio sits. So far, there is no companion bill over in the House. 


TPS for Venezuelans is the right thing to do

I seems to me that our leaders do not look in the mirror. America is facing severe debt crisis, the border issue of third world people who want to come illegally rather than following the law of our land and crash into our country. Without borders we are not a country. Europe is done. Our country was founded on our Constitution and has survived over 200 years however if we are not vigilant we will lose what so many have fought and died for. Trump is right, American first. We have always been a country of giving in fact we give to those countries that are sending their people to the border. Wake up!

This country was based on immigrants . . . . . . . your extended family's origins were as immigrants to an already occupied land . . . . . . . . to now deny that simple fact is hypocritical, a lie . . . . . and simply . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . . Wake Up!

Oh Frank, you're so wrong. You have a 18th century mind set. Get with it, you're living in the 21st century. Big difference from the 18th.

How about "protected status", say, for people from Ukraine ... or maybe Yemen or Syria or Gaza? Maybe even for Sicilians so they can get away from the Mafia there?

BULLKRAP !!!!!!! (We don't have ENOUGH problems with "Third World Illegal Alien Invading Hispanics ?!?!?) This is just one more Marco Polio "grab for a media headline" !!!! [Somebody hand this 'dipkrap' a waterbottle !]

Nothing like a true racist to blatantly show his racism . . . . . . . . . . . . . and inhumanity . . . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . .

C Breeze is so right and Frank is so wrong.

Right . . . so, using this logic, we're all illegal invaders and ethically need to turn these lands over to the original native American inhabitants and their descendants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . racism . . . . . . and those who support them . . . . . . . always . . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . . . .

Senator Rubio is doing the right thing with the people coming to the United States from Venezuela. I would like for him to be consistent in supporting those who have come from Central America and Haiti. Make sure that their Temporary Protective Status be maintained as well.

This is not a good precedent at a time when we are trying to reduce the number of illegal entrants. The only way it would be acceptable is if they reduced the number of immigrants and those granted asylum in proportion to the number of Venezuelans granted asylum while also ending chain migration!

No way

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