Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Orlando) has urged the nation’s top immigration official to grant Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans who have come to the Unites States seeking safety from that country’s volatile and dangerous political environment.
This afternoon, at the Lake Eola International Plaza and Bridge. Grayson appeared with members of Central Florida’s Venezuelan community at a press conference next to the bronze bust of Simon Bolivar, the heroic Hispanic liberator.
“Due to the Venezuelan government’s disregard for the human rights, safety and security of its own people, it is unsafe for them to return to their own country,” Grayson wrote in a letter today to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez. “Many have become integral members of their communities here in the U.S., and should be given the opportunity to apply for TPS in order to ensure their safety.”
Venezuela has continued its decline on political and human rights fronts. Increases in violent crime and government crackdowns on protests and opposition groups have led to the weakening of democratic institutions and an increasingly militarized police presence in the country. President Obama recently issued an executive order stating that the declining political and human rights situation in Venezuela is “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security…of the United States”