President Joe Biden’s government on Monday announced an order to grant temporary protection status (DPS) for about 320,000 Venezuelans already in the country for a period of 18 months.
The move will take effect soon on Tuesday, March 9th, As announced by White House officials. It seeks to allow Venezuelans who have left their country to legally stay in the United States. Although officials did not specify what would happen at the end of the 18-month period.
To qualify, people must prove residency until March 8. The process will cost a total of $ 545, and Venezuela will have a 180-day grace period starting this Tuesday.
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According to officials, The Biden administration is protecting thousands of Venezuelans and preventing Venezuela from returning to conditions of humanitarian crisis, with all forms of insecurity.
Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, praised the move in a message on his social media network.
“Today is a happy day, after many years of false promises by the previous administration. Fiden was the leader who was one of the leading promoters in the Congress of the initiative.
During the announcement, officials said the Biden government was stepping up pressure for free elections in Venezuela. They vowed that the Democrats would recognize Venezuela’s interim leader Juan Quito as “the legitimate president of Venezuela” and stressed that “his stance with Venezuela is clear” and that he is committed to “increasing international consensus in favor of liberation.” To Venezuela ”.
A week ago, Secretary of State Anthony J. Blingen spoke with Guide and stressed the importance of returning to democracy in this country through free and fair elections.
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Blinken and Quide spoke about the urgent humanitarian needs in Venezuela, which forced nearly 5.5 million Venezuelans to flee Venezuela. Blingen vowed to retain US support.
Biden’s plan marks a significant shift in U.S. policy toward Venezuela. During most of his administration, former President Donald Trump denied them protection when he tried to overthrow the Caracas government. His administration secretly deported the Venezuelan people, despite calls from Congress for protection status for Venezuelan refugees. On his last day in office, Trump issued an executive order postponing Venezuela’s expulsion for 18 months, but left them relaxed.
The immigration reform promised by Biden will remain in the House of Representatives until at least April, despite the fact that Democrats have a larger majority than Republicans, but lack the necessary support.