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For Immediate Release:
March 19, 2019
Media Contact:
Nikki Whiting


County Commission approves Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo Jr.’s resolution urging the United States Congress to grant Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans

MIAMI-DADE – On March 19, 2019, the Miami-Dade County Commission approved Commissioner Esteban L. Bovo Jr.’s resolution to support the House of Representatives Bill 549 (H.R. 549), Venezuelan TPS Act of 2019, introduced by United States Congressmen Darren Soto and Mario Diaz-Balart and Senate Bill 636, introduced by United States Senator Bob Menendez and cosponsored by United States Senator Marco Rubio. Both bills would designate Venezuela under Section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit nationals of Venezuela to be eligible for temporary protected status.

“The current humanitarian crisis in Venezuela prevents Venezuelan nationals from safely returning to their homeland,” Commissioner Bovo said. “TPS provides a safe haven to foreign nationals who cannot return to their home country, whether it’s due to devastating environmental disasters or ongoing violence. We must extend TPS for Venezuelans who are living in the United States legally, as violence, extreme poverty and political unrest under the Maduro regime continue to worsen. I thank my colleagues on the County Commission in supporting my resolution that urges the United States Congress to grant TPS to Venezuelans who face violence, chaos and oppression.”