- The Biden administration will execute the order to have Venezuelans get temporary legal status.
- There are over 100,000 Venezuelans currently residing in the America.
- The Biden administration recognizes Juan Guaidó as the president of Venezuela.
Former US President Donald Trump announced deportation protections for Venezuelans residing in the United States just hours before he left office. The latest move was aimed at underscoring the US government’s commitment to take down the Nicolas Maduro administration.
The move also protects Venezuelan citizens from increasingly harsh economic conditions. The outgoing president said in a Tuesday memo:
“The deteriorative condition within Venezuela, which presents an ongoing national security threat to the safety and well-being of the American people, warrants the deferral of the removal of Venezuelan nationals who are present in the United States.”
President Trump made use of the Deferred Enforced Departure program (DED), which is used to provide temporary legal status to migrants in the country. The current directive gives Venezuelan citizens an 18-month protection against deportation. Over 100,000 Venezuelans in the country stand to benefit from the new order.
The latest move comes after months of delays, mainly caused by the Senate. The President was able to sidestep the procedure using executive powers.
The Trump administration had been working to usurp Maduro since its takeover of Washington. The despotic leader has clung to power with the support of the military. The Maduro administration is mainly accused of undertaking systemic corruption at the expense of its citizenry.
Among the measures that the Trump administration took over the years to undercut his power was undertaking extensive asset freezes belonging to the Venezuelan government. The assets run into billions of dollars.
An Economy Battered by Sanctions
As things stand, Venezuela currently has one of the highest inflation rates in the world, at 1,813 percent, largely due to US economic sanctions.
The dire socio-economic conditions in the nation have, over the years, triggered the largest migrations witnessed in South America. Rising violence and persecution, plus food and medical shortages, have forced the populace into other countries.
Presently, there are an estimated 1.8 million Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, 850,000 in Peru, 450,000 in Chile, and 250,000 in Brazil. This is according to figures indicated by the UN International Organization on Migration.
Approximately 2 million Venezuelans have emigrated from their nation since 2015.
The Biden Administration will Support Venezuelans
While the Trump administration has initiated the process to have Venezuelans gain temporary legal status in the US, Joe Biden’s administration is set to execute the directive.
The new administration has already publicized its foreign policy regarding Venezuela, and said that it will continue to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the nation’s president.
This is according to a statement issued by Anthony Blinken, Joe Biden’s secretary of state appointee.
On Tuesday, he told members of the Senate that the new administration will impose more sanctions on Venezuela with an aim to oust Maduro. He also highlighted that the new government would consider providing humanitarian assistance to citizens of the embargoed nation.