Florida Senators Call For Temporary Protected Status For Venezuelans Fleeing Maduro Regime
By Kevin Derby, Sunshine State News // March 2, 2019
Venezuela Temporary Protected Status and Asylum Assistance Act
(Sunshine State News) – Florida’s two U.S. senators are calling for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelans fleeing that South American nation which is facing economic and social chaos under the Maduro regime.
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., joined four Senate Democrats–Bob Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Patrick Leahy of Vermont–in bring back the “Venezuela Temporary Protected Status and Asylum Assistance Act.”
Rubio had paired with Menendez and other Senate Democrats back in December to bring out the bill in the final days of the 115th Congress.
“The bipartisan legislation seeks to grant Temporary Protected Status for eligible Venezuelans fleeing the dire conditions in their homeland and to provide support for migration systems in the countries surrounding Venezuela,” Rubio’s office noted about the legislation. “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.”
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