The Venezuelan Embassy in the United States informed this Sunday that a total of 817 Venezuelan citizens, who were detained for immigration reasons in different U.S. centers, have been released since September 2019 to date.
According to the latest balance offered by Brian Fincheltub, Director of Consular Affairs of the Venezuelan Embassy, “during the last month 45 Venezuelan citizens were released, adding to the 772 we had reported on June 28th. This is the result of the joint work between the relatives of the detained citizens, pro-bono lawyers, NGOs and the Venezuelan Embassy,” he said.
According to figures handled directly by the embassy’s consular affairs directorate, the number of citizens still being held for immigration purposes in ICE centers dropped to 328, including 15 new cases reported in July.
“The majority are in the state of Arizona (31.36%), followed by Georgia (15.38%), Florida (13.61%) and Texas (10.06%), among other states that have less than 2% each. Eighty-two percent of the detainees are men and 18% are women, the latter had a 10% decrease,” he added.
He asked any Venezuelan facing an immigration detention process to contact the Directorate of Consular Affairs by emailing [email protected]
He added that they continue to hold meetings and online calls with detainees and their families to monitor the status of their cases, which has allowed them to take appropriate action and maintain a positive rate of releases.
Immigration protection measure for Venezuelans
The director of consular affairs stressed that the management of Ambassador Carlos Vecchio continues to promote a mechanism for temporary immigration protection before the U.S. authorities, both in the Trump administration and in Congress.
“We continue to work hand in hand with our main ally so that in a temporary manner, that is, while we can free our Venezuela, we can provide protection to our Venezuelan brothers and allow Venezuelans to live and work in peace, without fear of being deported,” Fincheltub emphasized.
Consular Services for Venezuelans
Fincheltub reiterated that several consular services have already managed to reactivate the diplomatic mission of the Interim Government of President Juan Guaidó in the United States.
“Progressively we have been recovering the network of consular services that the regime dismantled and destroyed. Today there are several services that we have active, such as the letter of no objection, the certificates of nationality, the emergency ‘travel document’ and the attention in general to the citizens, which can be requested through the email [email protected]
¡Son ya 817 hermanos venezolanos en libertad!
Seguimos impulsando una medida temporal de protección migratoria para que todos los venezolanos en #EEUU puedan vivir y trabajar legalmente, sin ser deportados, mientras conquistamos la libertad de #Venezuela.#EmbajadaVEContigo pic.twitter.com/gyfMt0ajzP
— CARLOS VECCHIO (@carlosvecchio) August 2, 2020