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US extends temporary protection status for Venezuelans by 18 months

The United States announced this Monday that it has decided to extend the migration permit known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, which allowed thousands of Venezuelans to work and reside legally in the country.

This TPS would expire on September 9 and, with this extension, which will come into effect one day later, it will remain in effect until 10 of March 2024, as detailed by the US Department of Homeland Security in a statement.

This permission was created by the US Congress in 1990 to protect immigrants and refugees who could see their lives in danger if they were forced to return to their countries of origin.

The government of Democrat Joe Biden approved the TPS for the Venezuela in March 2021, so that, since then, Venezuelans who were already living illegally in the US could have a work permit and live without fear of being deported.

O department The National Security Office specified in its note this Monday that Venezuelans who arrived in the country after March 8, 2021 cannot benefit from this status, which they can apply for about 343.000 people in current conditions.

“This measure is one of many with which the Biden administration provides support. humanitarian aid to Venezuelans at home and abroad,” National Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in the statement.

Last Friday, a group of 22 Democratic senators, led by the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Menéndez, urged the US president to extend this immigration permit.

This Monday, before the approval was known , Menéndez defended that this extension is just a first step that leads to an adjustment of the status of Venezuelans who have been in the country for a long time and defended that the government consider the opportunity to use its “executive powers”. utives” to achieve it.

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