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For Immediate Release:
May 05, 2014
Media Contact:
Olga Vega
OlgaV@miamidade.gov
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Commissioner Diaz urges government to stop deporting Venezuelans


(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY)  – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz is urging the federal government to stop the deportation of Venezuelan immigrants in light of the growing human rights abuses in their homeland.

Commissioner Diaz will sponsor a resolution at the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, May 6 urging President Obama to suspend deportations of undocumented Venezuelans with no criminal history. The resolution also urges the Homeland Security Department to immediately grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelan immigrants.

“Sending Venezuelans back to their country now with all the violence and repression being carried out by the Maduro regime is unconscionable,” Commissioner Diaz said. “I urge the United States government to uphold our nation’s humanitarian principles by granting Venezuelan immigrants the TPS status they so urgently need.”

Commissioner Diaz’s district includes Doral, which has the highest concentration of Venezuelan immigrants in the United States.