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For Immediate Release:
May 05, 2014
Media Contact:
Olga Vega

County Commission urges end to deportation of Venezuelans

(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY)  – The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners today passed a resolution sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz to urge the federal government to stop deporting Venezuelans to their troubled homeland.

The resolution calls on President Obama to suspend deportations of undocumented Venezuelans with no criminal history and urges the Homeland Security Department to immediately grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelan immigrants in light of the growing human rights abuses of the Nicolas Maduro regime.

“The human rights situation in Venezuela is out of control, and the police and the military are the ones carrying out the murders, so at this point people can’t go back to their country,” Commissioner Diaz said. “I want to thank my colleagues on the Board for standing up for human rights and showing solidarity with our friends in the Venezuelan community.”

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