This evening the House of Representatives, led by Reps. Darren Soto (D-FL) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), is set to vote on the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019 that would grant an estimated 200,000 Venezuelans here in the U.S. work authorization and protection from deportation as their home country continues to erode further into a humanitarian and economic crisis.
The fast-tracked bill, HR 549, will require a two thirds majority vote to ensure that immigrants displaced from their homes due to famine, extreme inflation, and violence are protected and given a refuge from these life-threatening conditions.
Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice, recommended the following in the lead up to the vote:
Reps. Soto and Diaz-Balart are working to protect Venezeulans whose homes continue to be tragically exploited to near-collapse at the hands of Nicolas Maduro’s regime. Even as the U.S. takes steps to deny asylum for Venezuelans and deny or delay other forms of legal status, those Venezuelans who are already here face deportation back to a country that is collapsing on a daily basis.
This is not a political game. American leaders hold the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in their hands. There is a choice here: to stand up for the foundational values America was built upon as a safe haven for those facing oppression and deprivation, or retreat into political nonsense endangering human lives across the hemisphere. This is a call to action for Democrats and Republicans. The House must act in solidarity of people fighting oppression and to protect those who have been exiled from their homes, which is in the best interest of Americans and Venezeulans alike.
If America still considers itself a beacon of hope and refuge for those who have neither hope nor refuge, now is the time to act. The House must pass the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019 for the sake of those affected by the Maduro regime’s terror and to protect the thousands of lives who are at risk.