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Wed Jul 17, 2019, 08:52 PM

Trump administration to continue deporting Venezuelans despite crisis

Source: The Guardian

Trump administration to continue deporting Venezuelans despite crisis

• US as yet unwilling to grant temporary protected status
• Senators accuse Trump of ‘having it both ways’ over Maduro

Charles Davis
Tue 16 Jul 2019 23.33 BST Last modified on Wed 17 Jul 2019 12.45 BST

The Trump administration has said it is not yet willing to grant temporary protected status to Venezuelans, meaning it will continue to deport people back to a country it says is being destroyed by a tyrant.

The news comes amid a humanitarian crisis that could forcibly displace as many as 8.2 million people by the end of 2020, and the same month that the United Nations accused the Venezuelan government of killing thousands of its own citizens.

In a letter released on Tuesday, the acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services director, Ken Cuccinelli, said the administration was not willing to grant temporary protected status (TPS) to Venezuelans. “As it relates to Venezuela,” Cuccinelli wrote in the letter, addressed to the Senate minority leader, Dick Durbin, “the US Government continues to monitor the situation in Venezuela.”

Venezuela is now the leading country of origin for asylum seekers in the United States, with nearly 30,000 Venezuelans applying for protection in 2018.

The TPS program is designed to prevent foreign nationals from being deported back to countries facing civil unrest or the aftermath of a devastating natural disaster. It has also been a target of the White House, which has sought to terminate TPS for migrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan.


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/16/trump-administration-venezuelans-temporary-protected-status-tps-deport

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