Carlos Vecchio, Ambassador of Venezuela to the United States, affirmed that the approval of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) could be announced in the coming weeks. This would represent an advance in the solution to the complex migratory situation of more than 200 thousand Venezuelans in the United States while the demise of Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship is achieved.
“I am confident that in the coming weeks we will be able to have a TPS for Venezuelans in the United States. President (Joe) Biden committed to that measure, which we have been pushing since 2019 when we began our tenure. We have worked with the Biden administration on the need for the TPS, which is urgent and necessary, both due to the pandemic and the complex economic conditions that make Venezuelans need not only to be legal, but also to obtain a work permit,” said the ambassador.
For the Venezuelan diplomat a forthcoming approval of the TPS “points in the right direction”, especially since it would benefit just over 200 Venezuelans who are still deprived of liberty for immigration reasons in the US. Also to those who have a provisional legal status that could expire. “Everyone would benefit from this measure,” he said.
He stressed that the US vision regarding Venezuela encompasses the defense of democracy and the protection of Venezuelans against corruption, threats, and human rights violations by the regime. He assured that the proposals of the interim government of Juan Guaidó are in tune with the bipartisan vision of the current administration, as well as the US Congress and Senate.
“Looking at the main issues raised by President Biden, the dimension of the crisis in our country is evident. If you see it from issue of migrants, Venezuela has the worst migration on this continent. If you look at them from a human rights point of view, Maduro is being accused of committing crimes against humanity. When you link it to climate change, we see the disaster that exists in the mining arc in our Amazon,” said Vecchio.
Furthermore, he affirmed that the reality of Venezuela “is a problem that affects the stability of the region”, a situation to which is added that “the main enemies of the United States such as Cuba, Russia, China are associated with Maduro’s narco-dictatorship, and the US is sensitive to democratic issues such as the dictatorship that we face in Venezuela, therefore they will not willing to ignore it.”
The ambassador explained that while TPS is being established, Venezuelans are protected by the general prohibition of deportations from the United States established by the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for the Venezuelan community – despite the fact that USCIS still does not allow to request this protection measure, in addition to the suspension of removals carried out by the Biden administration while the immigration reform is advanced. “According to the conversations we have had, it is expected that the TPS for Venezuelans will be a reality between the end of February and the beginning of March of this year,” he concluded.