Nelson and Curbelo call Trump administration to grant asylum and TPS to Venezuelans
WASHINGTON, july 5th.- U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) today called on the Trump administration to grant asylum to the record number of Venezuelans seeking refuge in the United States, and Temporary Protected Status to eligible Venezuelans already living in the U.S.
“Last year, nearly 28,000 Venezuelans applied for asylum, a fourteen-fold increase since 2014, many of them in Miami. Returning law-abiding Venezuelans who fled their country—many of whom fear for their lives—to these tragic circumstances makes no sense,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “I urge you to work quickly to consider, and where appropriate, approve the record number of Venezuelans seeking political asylum in the United States.”
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“I also urge you once again to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to eligible Venezuelans living in the United States,” the lawmakers wrote. “It is critically important that we recognize the plight of the Venezuelan people—both in Venezuela and the United States—as we work to hold the Maduro dictatorship accountable and help restore Venezuela’s once historic democracy.”
It’s not the first time Nelson has urged the administration to grant TPS protection to Venezuelans in the U.S. In August, Nelson called on the administration to provide Temporary Protected Status to all eligible Venezuelans in the United States.