Trump protects 130,000 Venezuela migrants from deportation
In one of his last decrees as president, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on an 18-month grace period for migrants from Venezuela to stay in the United States. The dictatorship of the incumbent President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, served as the reason for the relaxation of the Immigration Law.
"The autocratic government of Nicolas Maduro has consistently violated the sovereign freedoms possessed by the Venezuelan people. Through force and fraud, the Maduro regime is responsible for the worst humanitarian crisis in the Western Hemisphere in recent memory," the memo to the secretary of state and secretary of homeland security stated. "A catastrophic economic crisis and shortages of basic goods and medicine have forced about five million Venezuelans to flee the country, often under dangerous conditions."
In turn, the future successor to Trump, Joe Biden, promised in every possible way to help refugees from Central America in finding work and obtaining permanent residence. Earlier, Biden announced plans to grant citizenship to 11 million migrants.
After such a statement, not only Venezuelan citizens, but also thousands Honduranians organized of hikes to the United States. About 9 thousand people fought with the Guatemalan army in the hope of crossing the border and reaching the United States.
The memorandum also contains a number of limitations and exceptions, including mandatory deportation for criminals or those who have expressed a desire to return to Venezuela voluntarily.
I hereby direct you to take appropriate measures to defer for 18 months the removal of any national of Venezuela, or alien without nationality who last habitually resided in Venezuela, who is present in the United States as of January 20, 2021, except for aliens who:
(1) have voluntarily returned to Venezuela or their country of last habitual residence outside the United States;
(2) have not continuously resided in the United States since January 20, 2021;
(3) are inadmissible under section 212(a)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(3)) or removable under section 237(a)(4) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1227(a)(4));
(4) who have been convicted of any felony or 2 or more misdemeanors committed in the United States, or who meet the criteria set forth in section 208(b)(2)(A) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1158(b)(2)(A));
(5) who were deported, excluded, or removed, prior to January 20, 2021;
(6) who are subject to extradition;
(7) whose presence in the United States the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined is not in the interest of the United States or presents a danger to public safety; or
(8) whose presence in the United States the Secretary of State has reasonable grounds to believe would have potentially serious adverse foreign policy consequences for the United States.
Image: The Epoch Times / Flickr