Brian Fincheltub, Director of Consular Affairs at the Venezuelan Embassy in the United States, reported that a total of 772 Venezuelan citizens, who were detained for immigration reasons in different U.S. centers, have been released to date.
According to the latest balance sheet offered by the embassy headed by Ambassador Carlos Vecchio, “during the last month, 92 Venezuelan citizens were released, adding to the 680 we had reported for May 24th. This is the result of the joint work between the relatives of the detained citizens, pro-bono lawyers, NGOs, journalists and the Venezuelan Embassy,” Fincheltub said.
According to the figures handled directly by the Embassy’s directorate of consular affairs, the number of citizens still detained for immigration matters in ICE centers fell to 358. “The majority are in the state of Arizona (34.97%), followed by Georgia (13.69%), Florida (13.11%) and Texas (11.48%). 72% of the detainees are male and 28% are female.
Fincheltub notes that previously the largest concentration of detainees “was in the state of Louisiana and thanks to the efforts of the Embassy’s consular team, 83% of citizens in that jurisdiction have already been released.
The director of consular affairs highlighted that Ambassador Carlos Vecchio’s administration continues to work with U.S. authorities, both from the Trump administration and from Congress, on an immigration protection mechanism similar to the TPS, which allows Venezuelans to live and work with peace of mind, while conquering freedom in the South American country.
He added that despite the fact that the pandemic does not allow physical visits to the detainees, the Embassy maintains contact with them to verify their health and condition, in addition to offering them the relevant assistance. “We have also requested humanitarian measures for those who continue to be detained. The pandemic is not holding us back, but we have been more concerned about the potential risk faced by these brothers.
The Venezuelan Embassy reiterates its call to both family members and lawyers of citizens under this condition to report any case via email: [email protected]
Fincheltub recalled that Nicolas Maduro is responsible for the dramatic situation faced by more than 5 million migrants and refugees. “From the Interim Government of President Juan Guaidó we are working to establish a National Emergency Government that will allow Maduro and his criminal regime to leave, to restore freedom and democracy in Venezuela. We will all be able to return to a free Venezuela without dictatorship”.
Son 772 compatriotas de vuelta con sus familias.
— Embajada de Venezuela ante Estados Unidos (@EmbajadaVE_USA) June 28, 2020