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Wed Sep 28, 2022, 01:49 PM

U.S. policy is responsible for Venezuelan refugees

By Matthew Yglesias / Bloomberg News

The idea of tackling the “root causes” of migration and asylum flows is the kind of high-minded notion likely to be dismissed by politicians such as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who brag that they are actually doing something about the immigrants showing up at the U.S.-Mexico border while other officials just talk. Yet a look at the reasons so many Venezuelans are seeking asylum shows that there are some pretty obvious steps the U.S. could take that would reduce incentives to make the perilous journey.

Spoiler alert: These steps do not include loading the migrants onto buses or airplanes and sending them to blue states.

Venezuela is subject to some fairly crippling economic sanctions first imposed under President Donald Trump and continued by President Biden. The sanctions are hardly the only cause of Venezuela’s economic misery, but they do contribute to it; indeed, that’s the whole point. If the U.S. lifted the sanctions, the economic situation in Venezuela would improve and fewer people could come.

If the U.S. doesn’t want to lift sanctions, then it has an obligation to do something for the people fleeing.

https://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/comment-u-s-policy-is-responsible-for-venezuelan-refugees/

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Sep 28, 2022, 01:58 PM

1. Yeah, sanctions are a response from the US government

For Venezuela's continued support for a socialist economy.

When Chile did it, they just put in their own henchman Pinochet. I guess we're glad our country didn't do that to Venezuela.

Pinochet was a mass murderer afterall. But beloved by free-market capitalist extraordinar, Milton Friedman.

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Wed Sep 28, 2022, 02:00 PM

2. Juan Guaido leads an insurrectionist minority.

Yet he enjoys broad support from the insurrectionist gop and plenty of Dems - especially in Florida, where the insurrectionists organize.




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Wed Sep 28, 2022, 02:16 PM

3. I remember the day when Cisneros and Rockefeller went to Venezuela.

The economy froze. Banks closed. They got their assets out at max value. The rest of us got de-valuated by 400% when they left Vennie in shambles.

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