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    Temporary protected status for Venezuelans passes House, heads to Senate

    Temporary protected status for Venezuelans passes House, heads to Senate

    WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed a bill to grant temporary protected status, or TPS, for Venezuelans, the most significant legislative action to date in response to Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis.

    The TPS bill, sponsored by Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., and Darren Soto, D-Fla., heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration a day before the House leaves Washington for a six-week recess.

    The bill passed by a vote of 272-158, with 39 Republicans and one independent joining 232 Democrats in favor.

    The Diaz-Balart and Soto bill, which gives Venezuelans the ability to live and work legally in the U.S., was first introduced in January but was fast-tracked by Democratic leadership on Tuesday. The bill initially needed two-thirds support to pass, but fell about 20 votes short after a majority of Republicans voted against it. Thursday’s vote only needed a simple majority for passage.
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    But the bill passed. And it now heads to the Senate, where similar TPS legislation filed by Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has yet to receive a vote. If it passes in the Senate, President Donald Trump would then decide whether to sign the bill into law.
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    More: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...ate/ar-AAESsXV
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    This one is flying under the radar. Bipartisan support from neocons and Democrats. How many GOP Senators will go along (other than neocon RINOs like Rubio)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    This one is flying under the radar. Bipartisan support from neocons and Democrats. How many GOP Senators will go along (other than neocon RINOs like Rubio)?
    Will Rand and Lee vote for it?

    Trump is against this so hopefully he vetoes it.
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    Temporary protected status for Venezuelans? that is one step closer for military intervention.

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    Before the final vote, Democrats and Republicans sparred over a symbolic motion offered by Republicans to declare Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis “a direct result of years of socialist policies implemented by the regimes of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro.”

    “Members of this very body continue to stand with Maduro,” said Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., the Republican who offered the motion. His remark prompted boos from Democrats.

    “I have just one thing to say to my Republican colleagues, Venezuelans don’t need your empty words. They need action now,” Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., responded from the House floor.
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    Venezuela is none of my business , maybe they should stay and fix it . If they are going to leave they do not have to come to the US .
    Do something Danke

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    What we've learned is that temporary doesn't mean temporary, and the cowards that flee their country will never return even after conditions improve and will join the amnesty lobby.
    I just want objectivity on this forum and will point out flawed sources or points of view at my leisure.

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    Since msm never publishes the bill numbers and links so that people can read them:


    (d)Fee.—

    (1)In general.—

    In addition to any other fee authorized by law, the Secretary of Homeland Security is authorized to charge and collect a fee of $360 for each application for temporary protected status under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act by a person who is only eligible for such status by reason of subsection (a).

    (2)Waiver.—

    The Secretary of Homeland Security shall permit aliens to apply for a waiver of any fees associated with filing an application referred to in paragraph (1).


    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr549/text

    This is not an(other) invasion. It is our government/politicians that invites them with open arms. Simply put, it is yet another government money racket.

    How about NO bill, no laws, no incentives. If people want to work and earn money, leave them alone. If they don't want to work, they can starve or go someplace else.

    It has been said that there are millions upon millions of laws that it is not even possible to count. RP has said that we commit on average of 6 felonies per day. Someday people will wake up and realize that instead of adding new laws and bills, existing laws and bills should be eliminated.
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    The president better veto this if it gets to his desk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryCanadian View Post
    Temporary protected status for Venezuelans? that is one step closer for military intervention.
    They go hand in hand. They support and incite chaos and destruction in another nation, and invite all of the refugees to come to the US.

    Quote Originally Posted by oyarde View Post
    Venezuela is none of my business , maybe they should stay and fix it . If they are going to leave they do not have to come to the US .
    They have a lobby in the US. Of course they must come to the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spudea View Post
    What we've learned is that temporary doesn't mean temporary, and the cowards that flee their country will never return even after conditions improve and will join the amnesty lobby.
    Temporary is a joke. Just like the former Cuban refugees. They will join the amnesty lobby and other lobbies. A good portion of them in the US are already lobbyists for regime change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAF View Post
    Since msm never publishes the bill numbers and links so that people can read them:

    ...
    S.636 - Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act of 2019
    https://congress.gov/bill/116th-cong...-bill/636/text
    SECTION 1. Short title.

    This Act may be cited as the “Venezuela Temporary Protected Status Act of 2019”.

    SEC. 2. Findings.

    Congress makes the following findings:

    (1) Venezuela is enduring an unprecedented economic, humanitarian, security, and refugee crisis, consisting of extreme food and medicine shortages, severe infant and child malnutrition, rampant crime, and government-sponsored repression.

    (2) Venezuela’s economic crisis continues unabated and the International Monetary Fund projects that inflation in Venezuela could reach an annual rate of 10,000,000 percent in 2019.

    (3) As evidence of the humanitarian crisis created by Venezuela’s systemic economic turmoil—

    (A) more than 9,000,000 people in Venezuela are eating 2 or fewer meals a day; and

    (B) approximately 75 percent of the population have reported losing an average of—

    (i) 19 pounds in 2016; and

    (ii) 24 pounds in 2017.

    (4) Moderate to severe malnutrition among Venezuelan children under 5 years of age increased by more than 50 percent in 2017, and approximately 300,000 Venezuelan children are at risk of dying from malnutrition, according to Cáritas de Venezuela, a Catholic humanitarian organization.

    (5) Pharmacies in Venezuela have shortages of approximately 85 percent of needed medicines and 76 percent of public hospitals lack the basic medicines that should be available in any functional public hospital, including those that are on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines.

    (6) As evidence of the significant effect that Venezuela’s economic crisis on public health, Venezuela’s Health Ministry reported that in 2016—

    (A) there was a 30-percent increase in the infant mortality rate; and

    (B) there was a 65-percent increase in the maternal mortality rate.

    (7) Violent crime in Venezuela has risen sharply and the Venezuelan Violence Observatory, an independent nongovernmental organization, calculated the national per capita murder rate to be 89 per 100,000 people in 2017.

    (8) According to Citizens Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice, Caracas was the most dangerous capital city in the world in 2017, with 111 murders per 100,000 residents.

    (9) According to the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner—

    (A) Venezuelan intelligence and security forces have increasingly used arbitrary arrests and detentions to repress and intimidate civil society, political opponents, and any voices of dissent; and

    (B) between 2015 and 2017, at least 505 people including 24 children, were executed by Venezuelan security forces, leading the International Criminal Court prosecutor to announce a preliminary investigation into the use of excessive force in Venezuela.

    (10) Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, stated, “The failure to hold security forces accountable for such serious human rights violations suggests that the rule of law is virtually absent in Venezuela.”.

    (11) According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, more than 3,400,000 Venezuelans have left their country for reasons such as violence, political oppression, economic hardship, and the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

    SEC. 3. Sense of Congress.

    It is the sense of the Congress that—

    (1) Venezuela’s economic, humanitarian, security, and refugee crisis has resulted in extraordinary and temporary conditions that currently prevent Venezuelan nationals from safely returning to Venezuela; and

    (2) Venezuela should be designated under subsection (b)(1)(C) of section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a) for a period of 18 months to permit nationals of Venezuela to be eligible for temporary protected status in accordance with such section.

    SEC. 4. Designation for purposes of granting temporary protected status.

    (a) Designation.—

    (1) IN GENERAL.—For purposes of section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a), Venezuela shall be treated as if it had been designated under subsection (b)(1)(C) of that section, subject to the provisions of this section.

    (2) PERIOD OF DESIGNATION.—The initial period of the designation referred to in paragraph (1) shall be for the 18-month period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.

    (b) Aliens eligible.—As a result of the designation made under subsection (a), an alien who is a national of Venezuela is deemed to satisfy the requirements under paragraph (1) of section 244(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)), subject to paragraph (3) of such section, if the alien—

    (1) has been continuously physically present in the United States since the date of the enactment of this Act;

    (2) is admissible as an immigrant, except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2)(A) of such section, and is not ineligible for temporary protected status under paragraph (2)(B) of such section; and

    (3) registers for temporary protected status in a manner established by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

    (c) Consent To travel abroad.—

    (1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary of Homeland Security shall give prior consent to travel abroad, in accordance with section 244(f)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a(f)(3)), to an alien who is granted temporary protected status pursuant to the designation made under subsection (a) if the alien establishes to the satisfaction of the Secretary of Homeland Security that emergency and extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the alien require the alien to depart for a brief, temporary trip abroad.

    (2) TREATMENT UPON RETURN.—An alien returning to the United States in accordance with an authorization described in paragraph (1) shall be treated as any other returning alien provided temporary protected status under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a).

    SEC. 5. Improving internal migration systems in countries surrounding Venezuela.

    (a) In general.—The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall work with international partners, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to support and provide technical assistance to improve the domestic capacity of countries surrounding Venezuela and in the region to provide migration services and asylum to eligible Venezuelan citizens—

    (1) by establishing and expanding temporary and long-term, in-country reception centers and shelter capacity in those surrounding countries to meet the humanitarian needs of Venezuelan migrants or Venezuelans seeking asylum or other forms of international protection;

    (2) by improving migration and asylum registration systems in those surrounding countries to ensure that Venezuelan migrants and Venezuelans seeking asylum or other humanitarian protection—

    (A) receive due process and meaningful access to legal protections; and

    (B) receive proper documents in order to prevent fraud and facilitate freedom of movement and access to basic social services;

    (3) by supporting the creation or expansion of a corps of trained migration and asylum officers from those countries who are capable of—

    (A) providing migration services; and

    (B) evaluating and deciding individual asylum claims consistent with international law and obligations; and

    (4) by developing the capacity to conduct best interest determinations for Venezuelan migrants to ensure that their needs are properly met.

    (b) Strategy.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall submit a strategy describing plans for assisting the development of the international asylum processing capabilities described in subsection (a) to—

    (1) the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate;

    (2) the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate;

    (3) the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate;

    (4) the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives;

    (5) the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives; and

    (6) the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives.

    (c) Authorization of appropriations.—

    (1) IN GENERAL.—There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of State $10,000,000 for fiscal year 2019 to carry out the activities set forth in subsection (b), in accordance with this section.

    (2) NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT.—

    (A) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided under subparagraph (B), amounts appropriated or otherwise made available pursuant to paragraph (1) may not be obligated until 15 days after the date on which the President provides notice to the committees listed in subsection (b) of the intent to obligate such funds.

    (B) WAIVER.—

    (i) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary of State may waive the requirement under subparagraph (A) if the Secretary of State determines that such waiver is in the national interest of the United States.

    (ii) NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT.—If a waiver is invoked under clause (i), the President shall notify the committees listed in subsection (b) of the intention to obligate funds under this section as early as practicable, but not later than 3 days after taking the action to which such notification requirement was applicable in the context of the circumstances necessitating such waiver.
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